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The Grand Budapest Hotel tops UK box office on third week of release

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Story by Jack Foley

WES Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel has claimed the top spot at the UK box office on its third week of release.

The quirky but star-studded comedy displaced last week’s box office winner, Need For Speed (which slipped to second) with takings of £1.26m between Friday and Sunday.

The film stars Ralph Fiennes as well as Tilda Swinton and Bill Murray and has now taken more than £6m since it made its debut on March 7.

However, a flurry of new releases in the UK failed to make much of an impression on the UK chart, with none breaking the top five.

Prison drama Starred Up, starring Jack O’Connell, fared best out of the new brigade, charting sixth with £495,181 from 316 locations – a good return for an independent film.

But Kate Winslet’s Labor Day failed to make any kind of impression, landing eighth with £278,726. Sandwiched in between them was Nick Hornby adaptation A Long Way Down (starring Pierce Brosnan and Toni Collette), which mustered £361,901.

The UK top five was instead rounded out by animated juggernaut The LEGO Movie, historical epic 300: Rise of an Empire and Liam Neeson’s airborne thriller Non-Stop.

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