Tuesday 20 February 2018

Big Hero 6 still No 1 film in UK

Big Hero 6 has been a hit at the box office
Big Hero 6 has been a hit at the box office

Disney's Big Hero 6 has held onto the top spot at the UK box office.

The comedy adventure about young robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada and loveable robot Baymax saw off competition from the likes of Kingsman: The Secret Service and the Shaun The Sheep film to hang onto its number one spot for the second week.

The movie took in £2.53 million, reported Screen Daily, while Kingsman took £2.2 million. The Shaun The Sheep movie, a new entry, was hot on its heels with £2.1 million.

Across the pond in the US, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water finally unseated Clint Eastwood's runaway hit American Sniper.

The big screen version of the much-loved TV character earned a hefty 56 million dollars (£36.7 million) in North America, pushing American Sniper off the top spot after a three-week reign.

The Navy SEAL drama, starring Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller, took in 24.2 million (£15.9 million) in its fourth week of wide release.

The Wachowskis' lavish science-fiction adventure Jupiter Ascending opened with just 19 million dollars (£12.4 million), a meagre amount for a 175 million US dollar production.

Warner Bros had delayed the release of the movie, starring Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis, from last summer.

The film, which underwent reshoots and edits as well as the postponed release, continues a negative trend for the sibling directors, Lana and Andy Wachowski. The film marks their third flop since their hugely popular Matrix trilogy, following 2012's Cloud Atlas and 2008's Speed Racer.

"There's no question, at its inception when the movie was green lit, we had higher expectations than what the actual result is," said Jeff Goldstein, head of domestic distribution for Warner Bros.

"At the end of the day, the Wachowskis are fine filmmakers. This one didn't go quite as broadly as we all wanted, but they'll find a film that will."

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