'Boxtrolls' Beats 'Lucy,' 'Sex Tape' at U.K. Box Office

The Boxtrolls
Courtesy of Biennale di Venezia

The stop-motion animated film from the producers of 'ParaNorman' cleans up in its opening weekend

Universal’s animated film about trash-collecting monsters, The Boxtrolls, has surged to the top of the U.K. box office, bringing in $3.3 million in its opening weekend in Britain.

According to figures from Rentrak released Tuesday, the 3D stop-motion film, directed by Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi and produced by ParaNorman and Coraline studio Laika, dominated the weekend, beating Lucy, which came in second, by more than $1.9 million. Now in its fourth week, Lucy garnered $1.3 million to bring its U.K. total to $19.5 million.

Another new entry, 20th Century Fox’s all-star U.K. comedy Pride, came in third with $1.2 million, backed by strong reviews, while last week’s box-office champion, Sex Tape, was unable to maintain its grip, slipping to fourth with $1.1 million. Spy drama A Most Wanted Man snuck into the fifth spot on its opening weekend with $988,000.

Possibly enjoying its last week in the top 10, U.K. teen comedy The Inbetweeners 2 added another $539,000 for an overall tally of $53 million, pushing it past Dawn of the Planet of the Apes as this year’s second-biggest grosser in the U.K. box office behind Transformers: Age of Extinction.

The Boxtrolls, which features a mix of U.S. and U.K. voice talent, including Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Elle Fanning, Ben Kingsley and Toni Collette, is set to open Sept. 26 in the U.S., having premiered in Venice.