U.K. Box Office: 'Legend' Takes Top Spot With Record-Breaking Bow

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The Tom Hardy-starring London crime biopic had the biggest September opening, the biggest opening for a British 18-certificate and the biggest opening for StudioCanal.

Tom Hardy's double-effort in Legend as London's notorious Kray twins may have only just had its North American premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, but over in the U.K., the movie's already doing fine business.

The Working Title/StudioCanal biopic, directed by Brian Helgeland, opened with the top spot at the box office in its home country and set three records. Taking $8 million in its opening weekend, the film now becomes the biggest-ever opening for an 18-certificate U.K. production (and third biggest of any 18-certificate), the biggest opening ever for a September release at the U.K. box office and StudioCanal's biggest U.K. opening of all time.

StudioCanal, which has been on something of a roll over the past year, will no doubt be hoping Legend emulates the success of Paddington, which enjoyed 11 weeks in the U.K.'s top 10 and took over $59 million (and more than $250 million globally).

Legend's record debut saw the week's other major newcomer, The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials, forced to settle for second place. The YA sequel from Fox took $4.4 million, up from its predecessor's bow of $3.2 million.

Another new arrival took the third spot. M. Night Shyamalan’s scary-grandparents film for Universal, The Visit, took home $1.6 million. While the figure is far from the director's best, it was enough to push Universal's previous two-week topper, Straight Outta Compton, down into fourth place. The N.W.A. biopic took home just shy of $1 million in its third week for a total of $10.9 million.

The studio will be eyeing another top-spot debut next week with the release of Baltasar Kormakur's disaster epic Everest, another from British powerhouse production house Working Title.

Disney's Pixar hit Inside Out rounded out the top five, pushed below the second spot for the first time in its eight weeks with $900,000 and pushing its overall total to $56.7 million. The is the third most successful original animation of all time in the U.K., behind just Finding Nemo ($57.9 million) and Monsters Inc. ($58.6 million).

The week's only other new entry was Woody Allen's Irrational Man, which landed in 10th spot with $300,000, one of the lowest U.K. bows for the director.

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