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The Sweeney shoots to top of UK box office

The Sweeney

Story by Jack Foley

NICK Love’s remake of classic TV detective drama The Sweeney has shot its way to the top of the UK box office chart.

Starring Ray Winstone and Ben ‘Plan B’ Drew, the film took £1.5 million, boosted by two days of preview screenings. It replaced last week’s champ, Dredd at the summit – although Dredd fell four places to fifth.

3D comedy animation ParaNorman took second spot, with £1.4m, while Anna Karenina came in third with £813,395, and American gangster movie Lawless sits fourth with £790,378.

Somewhat surprisingly, Meryl Streep’s latest, the relationship drama Hope Springs with Tommy Lee Jones and Steve Carell, under-performed with just £728,689 from 417 locations, entering the chart in sixth place in its debut weekend.

Disney-Pixar’s Brave came seventh with £584,321, meaning the film has now taken £20.1m in box office receipts in the UK.

Another of this year’s summer successes, Seth MacFarlane’s hit comedy Ted, also held onto a Top 10 spot and has now made just under £30m since its release seven weeks ago. A sequel is in the works.

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