Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Lucy and the Doctor appeal to Bank Holiday audiences

Luc Besson’s action fantasy Lucy opened at number one in the UK and Ireland box office, with takings of £3m over the Bank Holiday weekend. The film stars Scarlett Johansson as a woman whose brain becomes extremely powerful after taking a strange new drug and is then caught up in a web of espionage.

The weekend's other new entries included the storm chaser Into the Storm, supernatural police drama Deliver Us From Evil, which opened in the fourth and fifth place respectively. The Daniel Radcliffe rom-com What If opened in sixth spot.

The BBC scored another cinema hit with the Peter Capaldi's first full-length adventure as Doctor Who, which played for one night only on Saturday. Takings of £523,000 saw Deep Breath ranked eighth.

UK & Ireland box office: 22-24 August 2014
  • Lucy - £3.08m NEW
  • The Inbetweeners 2 - £2.37m
  • Guardians of the Galaxy - £1.26m
  • Into the Storm - £1.15m NEW
  • Deliver Us From Evil - £629k NEW
Source: FDA

Guardians of the Galaxy are tops again

Guardians of the Galaxy
Guardians of the Galaxy retook the number one spot, with takings of $17.2m takings its cumulative box office past the $251m mark. This means the latest Marvel ensemble adventure has overtaken Transformers: Age of Extinction to become the highest grossing film of North America’s summer season.

The teen drama If I Stay debuted at three, while the High School football movie When the Game Stands Tall entered the chart at five.

Robert Rodriguez’s graphic novel adaptation Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For failed to connect with audiences. The dark drama with a  comic book look opened in eighth spot with takings of $6.31m.

North American box office: 22-24 August 2014
  1. Guardians of the Galaxy - $17.2m
  2. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - $16.75m
  3. If I Stay - $15.67m NEW
  4. Let’s Be Cops - $10.81m
  5. When the Game Stands Tall - $8.38m NEW

    Source: Box Office Mojo

    Kill Your Darlings director to discuss film in London

    Kill Your Darlings
    American filmmaker John Krokidas will discuss Kill Your Darlings, his 2013 movie about the birth of the Beat movement in 1940s New York, at an event on London on 30 August.

    The film stars Daniel Radcliffe as the aspiring Allen Ginsberg heading to New York’s Columbia University in 1943, where he encounters the likes of Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs.

    The movie follows Ginsberg as he explores experiment verse, drugs, drink and his homosexuality. The focal point of the drama is Ginsberg’s relationship with classmate Lucien Carr, a talented but manipulative iconoclast.

    The film stars co-stars Dane DeHanan as Lucien Carr and Ben Foster as Burroughs.

    The screening and Q&A has been organised by Guerilla Zoo with the University of East London. The event takes place in the main lecure theatre of the university’s Docklands campus.