Venezuela said on Thursday it had found the crashed plane of Italian fashion executive Vittorio Missoni that went missing in
January after taking off from the Los Roques archipelago in the
Caribbean six months ago.
Justin Harding of South Africa had an 8-under 64 on Wednesday to lead three players in a 36-hole qualifier who earned spots in the British Open for the first time.Fantasy
film continues to work its wizardry while Side Effects and Welcome to the Punch follow the yellow brick road to the topThe winnerFacing relatively weak fresh competition from new releases, Oz the Great and Powerful managed a decent hold, declining 30% from the previous weekend for a 10-day total of Â£7.7m.
That's enough for eighth place among 2013 releases so far, behind Les MisÃ©rables (Â£39.9m), Wreck-It Ralph (Â£22.0m), Django
The Impossible (Â£13.2m), A Good Day to Die Hard (Â£10.6m), Lincoln (Â£8.5m) and Quartet (Â£8.2m).
Oz is certain to overtake the last three in that list,
and Disney will be hoping for a lot better than that, especially with Easter still to come. But it's clear that the film is nowhere in the same league commercially as Oz producer Joe Roth's Alice in Wonderland, which reached
a hefty Â£37.8m here in 2010.Not
recorded in the official takings for the weekend are Saturday and Sunday previews of The Croods,
from DreamWorks Animation. Believed to be in the Â£1.7m
zone, the caveman film will have
provided strong competition
in matinee slots. Comic Relief on Friday also
presented a challenge to all films in the market, especially family-skewing fare such as
casualty listNot counting The Croods previews, three new titles arrived on 300-plus screens,
and all disappointed.
London cops-and-robbers thriller Welcome to the
Punch did best of
the bunch, which is remarkable given that it debuted on just Â£460,000. That's the lowest tally for a third-placed film since July 2010, when
World Cup football was still laying waste to UK cinemagoing.
It's also the weakest box-office for a new entry since Christmas 2011, when Bollywood picture
Don 2 led a
notably meagre field of fresh
product.Distributor Momentum will
be disappointed with the result
for Punch, which stars James McAvoy and Mark Strong, but it could have been worse. Warners
had an even lower number to
contend with for its warring-magician
comedy The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, starring Steve Carell and Jim Carrey. Delivering
weekend takings of Â£306,000 from 386 cinemas, and a puny screen average of Â£793, the result suggests that in the notoriously fickle market for big-screen comedy, affection for these toplined stars has significantly waned. The premise and cumbersome title may also have represented negatives for audiences.Taking
up the rear is Red Dawn, a remake of the 1984 US invasion actioner, arriving belatedly having filmed in 2009 and then become stuck in legal limbo. Despite a cast including Thor's Chris Hemsworth and The Hunger Games' Josh Hutcherson, this slice of gung-ho US patriotism always looked a tough sell
in the UK, and new player Koch Media may not be too disappointed with Â£255,000 from 341 cinema, and a Â£749 average.The survivorWhile the new entrants floundered,
and most existing titles fell by significant amounts, the shining exception proved to be Steven Soderbergh's Side Effects, down just 15%. Either, uniquely in the market, its audience was not at all interested in Comic Relief or Six Nations rugby or, more plausibly, the film is enjoying strong word of mouth among cinemagoers.Crash
and burnHaving landed in 33rd place on its opening weekend with just Â£19,200 from 105 cinemas, Fire with Fire predictably plummeted in its second session.
Now languishing in 77th place, having shed the majority of
its initial sites, the Josh Duhamel action film fell by a calamitous 96%, with
second-frame takings of Â£850 from 13 venues, delivering a Â£65 average. The transfer to DVD can't arrive soon enough.The
alternativesWhile the wide releases fared pretty dismally, films the truth about six pack abs review
fewer than 100 screens in many cases performed just
as badly. The Paperboy achieved a
screen average of Â£1,730, which on a typical
weekend would hardly be a cause for riotous celebration, especially
since you would expect decent numbers when the rollout is limited to 82 carefully selected cinemas. However, since
that's the third highest average in the market, credit is due
to distributor Lionsgate. A debut of Â£142,000 was enough for 13th place, with 58% of the total earned in the generously defined London and West End regions. Strong marketable elements
included stars Zac Efron, Matthew McConaughey and
Nicole Kidman, while an attractive poster successfully communicated a sexy, lurid, steamy drama with strong critical endorsement.
In fact, reviews were highly mixed, with a Metacritic score of just 45/100.A
documentary about the 1945 Labour government's creation of the welfare state may not suggest itself as an easy
sell at cinemas, but add the cachet of esteemed director Ken Loach and The Spirit of '45 had more than a fighting chance.
Released on 17
screens, the film took around Â£18,000 on Friday and Saturday before surging on Sunday thanks to a live post-screening Q+A with Loach, beamed into 49 cinemas from London's Ritzy Brixton.
That was enough to deliver a healthy three-day tally of Â£78,000 (or Â£83,000 including previews).Other limited releases fared less well.
Horror remake Maniac,
shot from the POV of killer Elijah Wood, disappointed
with Â£21,400 from 53 sites, plus previews. Vinyl, based on the
true story of veteran Welsh rockers the Alarm inventing a fictitious band to front their latest recordings, floundered,
with Â£9,800 from 60 venues, plus previews. Best results were in Wales. In arthouses, Beyond the Hills, with Â£16,100 from 15 cinemas, plus Â£2,800
previews, failed to match the debut of Romanian director Cristian Mungiu's 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, which began its run in January 2008 with Â£67,000 from 22 sites, plus Â£13,000 in previews.
Beyond the Hills may have fared better via the Curzon on Demand home-viewing platform, but those figures are not released. The admired Shell, with Â£9,700 (plus previews) from 12 cinemas, arguably represented one specialised release too
many. Scotland, where the intimate drama is set, delivered 51% of the
futureSince those Croods previews were not included in official tallies, the frame overall placed a dismal 51st out of 52 in the league table of weekend takings for the past year. Box-office is 34% down on the equivalent session from
2012, when The Devil Inside, 21 Jump Street, We Bought a Zoo and Contraband all re-energized the market. It's also a troubling 53% down on average weekend box-office for
the past year. Cinema bookers are now pinning
their hopes on Melissa McCarthy comedy Identity Thief, which has already grossed $124m in the US. And of course The
Croods, the first
Animation title to go out through 20th Century Fox, already looks a slam-dunk. Joining the fight for
the Easter audience is Bryan
Singer's pricey Jack the Giant Slayer, starring Nicholas Hoult and Ewan McGregor, while Nicolas Cage vehicle Stolen
aims to challenge the notion that cinema
audiences are generally looking for something fresh and different.Top 10
films1. Oz the Great and Powerful,
Â£2,609,465 from 539 sites.
Side Effects, Â£759,363 from 371 sites. Total: Â£2,277,8613. Welcome to the Punch, Â£460,250 from 370 sites (New)4. Wreck-It Ralph, Â£426,343 from 458
Parker, Â£308,335 from 276 sites.
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, Â£305,936 from 386 sites (New)7. Mama, Â£266,521 from 299 sites.
Total: Â£5,054,6838. Red Dawn, Â£255,448 from 341 sites (New)9. Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, Â£221,452
from 270 sites. Total: Â£3,178,31710. The Guilt Trip, Â£157,016 from 284 sites. Total: Â£814,530Other openersThe Paperboy, 82 sites, Â£141,881The Spirit of 45, 43 sites, Â£77,717 (+ Â£5,511 previews)Maniac, 53 sites, Â£21,384 (+ Â£6,943
previews)Paradesi, 20 sites, Â£19,635Beyond the Hills, 15 sites, Â£16,148
(+ Â£2,803 previews)Vinyl, 60 sites, Â£9,758 TradeMiner
previews)Shell, 12 sites, Â£9,724 (+ Â£5,111 previews)Earthbound,
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