'Sex Tape' Scores in U.K. After Flopping in U.S.

Sex Tape Still - H 2014
Courtesy of Sony Pictures

Sex Tape Still - H 2014

The romantic comedy seduces U.K. audiences, grabbing the top spot on its first weekend

Despite a somewhat limp performance in the U.S., debuting in fourth place in July and scoring just $38.1 million so far, Sex Tape has won the top spot on its opening weekend in the U.K.

Sony’s Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel-starring romantic comedy may have been described in the U.K. press as “depressingly dreary” (The Guardian) and "never on full thrust, settling for tentative gags with underwear firmly in place” (The Telegraph), but it still scored $2.3 million (£1.43 million) on 441 screens, including $717,000 in previews, according to figures from box-office tracker Rentrak.

Sex Tape toppled Lucy to take the number one spot. Luc Besson’s action film earned $1.9 million to cross the £10 million mark with $16.8 million (£10.44 million) to date after three weeks in release.

Rowan Joffe’s adaptation of S. J. Watson best-seller Before I Go to Sleep came in third with $1.3 million in its first weekend and looks set to top Brighton Rock to become Joffe's best U.K. release as director.

Meanwhile, culinary drama The Hundred-Foot Journey served up a modest $1.11 million from 498 screens in its first weekend, while Guardians of the Galaxy added $1.09 million to take its total to $46.1 million. Let’s Be Cops ranked fifth with $1.01 million in its second weekend, bringing it up to $5.1 million.

Although it slipped out of the top five for the first time in its five weeks in British cinemas, teen comedy The Inbetweeners 2 scooped a further $1 million, and with a total of $52.06 million it is soon tipped to overtake Dawn of the Planet of the Apes as the second-biggest grosser at the U.K. box office this year behind The Lego Movie.