U.K. Box Office: 'Everest' Reaches Summit in Opening Week

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Working Title enjoyed the first and second spots thanks to the disaster epic and crime biopic 'Legend.'

In what will no doubt be a boost for British headline writers, Everest scaled the U.K.'s box office in its opening weekend, planting its flag firmly in the top spot by Sunday with estimated revenue of $5 million, including previews.

The results helped propel Universal past the $4 billion box-office mark internationally, but with the disaster epic pushing crime biopic Legend ($3.8 million) to the spot second, British production house Working Title scored the top two films in Britain for the weekend, the first time in its 32-year history.

Legend fell 34 percent from its record-breaking bow, but was still popular enough to fend off Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, which slipped 36 percent and one position to third with $2.4 million. The YA sequel is currently ranking 20 percent higher than the first part in terms of U.K. box-office revenue.

Despite dropping more than 50 percent in its second week to $800,000, M. Night Shyamalan's The Visit managed to claim the fourth spot for Universal.

Rounding out the top five was Inside Out with $700,000 for an impressive nine-week tally of $57.7 million. It is set to soon become the second highest grossing original animation of all time in the U.K., just $500,000 short of Finding Nemo's $58.2 million.