Dredd 3D is first 18 certificate movie to top UK box office since 2010
Story by Jack Foley
VIOLENT comic book movie Dredd 3D has become the first film carrying an 18 certificate to top the UK box office since 2010.
Based on the iconic 2000AD character Judge Dredd,the film – starring New Zealand actor Karl Urban – took £1.05m between Friday and Sunday.
The last 18-rated release to top the chart was horror movie Saw 3D, which made £3.6m in its opening weekend.
However, in spite of Dredd‘s impressive showing, cinema takings were 42% down as people stayed away to take advantage of the warm weather.
Dredd was the only film to break the £1m barrier.
Another new released, John Hillcoat’s Prohibition-era gangster movie Lawless claimed second place with receipts of £973,234, while literary adaptation Anna Karenina – starring Keira Knightley and Jude Law – also failed to entice audiences, making just £875,702.
Adam Sandler comedy That’s My Boy fared particularly poorly, opening outside the top 10 in 11th place, emulating its similarly disappointing US run.
New titles looking to do better this weekend include British crime film The Sweeney, an update of the popular ITV police series that plays in cinemas from today (Wednesday).