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The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel landed at the top of the U.K. box office for the second week in a row, successfully fending off Focus, Fifty Shades of Grey and even Neill Blomkamp’s U.S. chart-topping Chappie.
The Judi Dench and Maggie Smith-starring comedy sequel about a group of British retirees living in India saw its revenues drop by 50 percent, down to $2.9 million from a debut of $5.8 million. But that was still enough to overtake the Will Smith heist vehicle Focus ($2 million), which leapfrogged Fifty Shades of Grey ($1.6 million) to land at second place.
Chappie was the week’s highest charting new entry, its takings of $1.5 million enough to beat another robot adventure, Disney’s somewhat less dystopian (although rather better reviewed) Big Hero 6, which took $1.2 million. The Oscar-winning animated film has now spent six weeks in the top five.
Other new entries included Still Alice, featuring Julianne Moore‘s best actress Oscar-winning performance, in eighth place and Vince Vaughn‘s Unfinished Business in the ninth spot. Both earned $600,000.
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