For the second successive weekend Brave 3D hit the bullseye, falling a very light 9% to £2.4m (fall-off not including opening weekend previews). Including bank holiday Monday, Pixar’s latest smash now has a cume of £14.4m and is fast closing in on Cars 2 (£15.6m) and Cars (£16.5m). After that the next Pixar title in its sights is Toy Story with £22.3m, which is looking increasingly likely.
The remarkable performance of ribald bear Ted shows little sign of slowing down as a further £1.7m over the weekend takes its cume to £26.2m. It has now grossed more than any Austin Powers film and will probably finish around Meet The Fockers’ final total of £28.9m. It is also the fourth biggest film of the year so far, having just surpassed The Amazing Spider-Man 3D’s current cume of £25.8m.
The Bourne Legacy had another solid weekend with £1.6m and a cume of £8.4m. This surpasses The Bourne Identity’s final total of £7.8m and Legacy will be hoping to get close The Bourne Supremacy’s £11.6m final total. In fourth place was The Dark Knight Rises with £1.4m. On Saturday TDKR officially became king of the comic book heroes overtaking Avengers Assemble 3D’s final total of £51.9m to become the biggest comic book film of all time and the biggest film of 2012 so far with £53.1m. Keith Lemon: The Film rounded out the top five with £1.2m and a four day total of £1.5m.
Finally, there was a terrific performance in the lower reaches of the top 15 with startling documentary The Imposter opening in tenth spot with £252k (including £29k from previews) and a four day total of £328k. Almost unanimous praise from the critics inspired this film to the highest screen average of the weekend (£5.1k).
In the US, The Expendables 2 fell 53% to $13.4m and the aging action star spectacular now has a 10-day total of $52.2m. In second place, The Bourne Legacy eased 45% to $9.3m and a cume of $85.5m, which is solid but unlikely to match The Bourne Identity’s final total of $121.7m. A further $8.6m for ParaNorman 3D takes its cume to $28.3m and Coraline’s final total of $75.3m is looking insurmountable. In fourth spot The Campaign fell 43% to $7.5m for a total of $64.6 m. The Dark Knight Rises rounded out the top five with $7.2m and a cume of $422.3m, which is 11th on the all-time chart. Outside of the top five, The Odd Life of Timothy Green continued its steady performance with a further $7.1 m and after 12 days has a cume of $27.1m. Premium Rush openned with $6m. Sony Pictures reported that the audience was 55% male and 67% were 25 years of age and older.