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Will Smith's After Earth tops UK box office

After Earth

Story by Jack Foley

WILL Smith’s After Earth has topped the UK box office despite bad reviews.

The sci-fi movie, co-starring his son Jaden, and directed by M Night Shyamalan, took £2.2m from 291 cinemas between Friday and Sunday, exactly double the amount of second placed film The Hangover Part III, which dropped to second spot.

The remainder of the UK top five was dominated by blockbuster holdover titles, with Fast & Furious 6 continuing to motor on with takings of £846,541 and animated family flick Epic also performing well at four with £665,456.

Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby rounds out the top five with £665,225.

However, there were strong debuts from two smaller, more independent films. Steven Soderbegh’s Liberace biopic, Behind The Candelabra (starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon), performed well to chart in eighth place despite a limited release.

And Shane Meadows’ documentary Made of Stone, about the return of The Stone Roses, took £4,480 at each of its 82 locations to place ninth.

US box office sensation The Purge also continued to find audiences in the UK, holding onto seventh spot in its second weekend.

The low-budget horror stars Ethan Hawke as a father defending his family against futuristic criminals. Its US success, where it topped the weekend box office, has already spawned a sequel.

Star Trek: Into Darkness and The Iceman, which follows the notorious Mafia killer Richard Kuklinski and stars Michael Shanon, were the remaining films in the top 10.

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