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die hard is a xmas movie | by maryann johanson

U.K. box office: ‘The Time Traveler’s Wife’ jumps in at No. 1

But it was a slow weekend overall last weekend:

1. The Time Traveler’s Wife: £1.4 million (NEW)
2. Aliens in the Attic: £1.3 million (NEW)
3. G-Force: £.94 million (3rd week; drops 23%)
4. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: £.93 million
5. G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra: £.83 million (2nd week; drops 53%)

(actual numbers, not estimates)
G.I. Joe took a big dive in the U.K. in its second week, though not as steep as the one it took in the U.S. and Canada… but then, it didn’t have District 9 to contend with. Not that Time Traveler’s Wife necessarily benefitted from the lack of real competition, either: as Charles Gant at the Guardian Film blog notes, this is this is “the lowest gross for a No. 1 movie since The House Bunny ruled the roost last October.”

The Ugly Truth saw a big drop, too, in its second week: 59 percent, to fall out of the top 5.

It was an ugly weekend all around: Eddie Murphy’s latest disaster, Imagine That, crashed and burned in the U.K.: it debuted way down at No. 16, and took in only £109,722. Which is even worse, comparatively speaking, than its terrible opening in North America back in June, when it took in $5.5 million — we might have expected a U.K. opening of £500,000 or so. Maybe someone will finally put the notion of “the Eddie Murphy comedy” out to pasture now.

Overall business was down 18 percent from the same weekend last year, and down 8 percent from last weekend. Looks like the August doldrums have hit the British box office.

[numbers via UK Film Council]



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