U.K. Box Office: 'Empire Strikes Back' Returns to Top 10

Star Wars Episode 5 The Empire Strikes Back - H 2014
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Star Wars Episode 5 The Empire Strikes Back - H 2014

The 'Star Wars' sequel has made a dramatic return to the charts 35 years after its original release thanks to Secret Cinema's new immersive experience.

Thirty-five years after Luke Skywalker — along with a fair few cinemagoers — found out who his father is, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back has made a dramatic return to the U.K. box office.

Secret Cinema — the immersive movie-screening company — launched the film June 4 as its latest and largest production in Britain, double the size of last year’s Back to the Future, according to sources. The results pushed George Lucas’ first space opera sequel into eighth position in the British box-office rankings for the Thursday-Sunday period, with revenue of $470,000.

With tickets to the experience — which includes more than 400 actors, plus DJs and bands performing at a “secret” location in London — costing $120 and the production showing until Sept. 27, The Empire Strikes Back could well be a regular fixture in the U.K.’s top 10 over the summer.

Elsewhere, Paul Feig's James Bond spoof Spy snuck straight into the No. 1 slot with a stellar $3.9 million, enough to shake San Andreas from its weeklong perch. The Dwayne Johnson earthquake thriller took in $2.8 million.

Of the two other new entrants, Insidious: Chapter 3 mimicked the supernatural franchise’s first installment, landing in third with $2.2 million, while Bollywood comedy-drama Dil Dhadakne Do danced into the ninth spot, taking $330,000.