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

Everest Film Still - H 2015
Universal Pictures

Everest Film Still - H 2015

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.

Global Grosses 9/20/15

Rentrak Actuals for Weekend of 9/20/15
Weekend Cume
1. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials $73.6M $108.3M
2. Everest $35.8M $35.8M
3. Black Mass $24.0M $24.0M
4. Minions $23.7M $1.1B
5. Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation $23.5M $656.4M
6. Fack ju Gohte 2 $16.0M $43.0M
7. Pixels $15.6M $221.4M
8. The Visit $13.7M $50.5M
9. Inside Out $10.8M $761.7M
10. The Throne $10.6M $10.7M

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.