It is still all about the superheroes this week. Amazing Spider-Man 2 (reviewed here) and Captain America: The Winter Soldier (reviewed here), are both sequels and products licensed by Marvel Comics, and are both still sitting pretty in the top ten.
Dropping 41% from the previous weekend, Amazing Spider-Man 2 still holds on to the top spot for a third week in a row, with a cumulative gross of £19.77m. It has now overtaken the Captain America sequel, which still boasts an impressive total of £18.6m to date. Still, it is behind its predecessor The Amazing Spider-Man which had taken £22.27m after three weekends. So far, The Wolf of Wall Street and The Lego Movie (reviewed here) are the only titles to have outgrossed the Spider-Man sequel at the 2014 box office. Blockbuster Noah stays afloat in the top ten, nearing £10m in takings. Also remaining up there is animated feature Rio 2 which has passed the £12m mark and stays at the five spot. No sign of the new Seth Rogen comedy Bad Neighbours, that film's takings will be presented in the next data release with a week's worth of pre-official release screenings rolled up into one figure.
The weekend's crop of new contenders – Pompeii, Tarzan, Brick Mansions and Plastic – might be in the top 15 but all were disappointing, to varying degrees. Top performer proved to be Pompeii, with £1.17m including previews, whereas Tarzan 3D earned £808,000 including previews. Brick Mansions had just £137,000 from 253 cinemas. And Plastic took only £154,000 including previews.
In terms of small art house flicks, Jeremy Saulnier's acclaimed Sundance competitor Blue Ruin made £108,000 from only 56 prints. Other smaller releases include London Film Festival winner Ilo Ilo (reviewed here) with a 10-venue rollout, and A Thousand Good Times Good Night, starring Juliette Binoche and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. The Indian film The Lunchbox, continues to do well, with £386,000 so far: over six times its three-day opening.
Maybe the real winner though, Gant muses, is NT Live – as the transmission of the Sam Mendes production of King Lear, starring veteran actor Simon Russell Beale, delivered a gross of £771,000 on Thursday alone.
Overall the market is 32% down on the previous weekend and 27% down on the equivalent period from 2013.