The Inbetweeners thrash Sylvester Stallone at UK box office
- 19 August 2014
- From the section Entertainment & Arts
The new Inbetweeners film has continued to dominate the UK and Ireland box office, leaving the latest Expendables sequel floundering in its wake.
The Inbetweeners 2 stayed the top draw in its second weekend after taking £4.31m between Friday and Sunday.
The Expendables 3, starring Sylvester Stallone, limped into third place after making £1.69m in its first four days.
Sci-fi fantasy Guardians of the Galaxy held steady at two with a third weekend tally of £2.11m.
The latest blockbuster from the Marvel stable has now made almost £18.8m in the UK and Ireland since opening on 31 July.
That achievement, however, contrasts with that of The Inbetweeners 2, which has now made more than £22m since arriving in cinemas two weeks ago.
At four, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is the current Top 10's biggest earner, having made £29.5m since making its UK and Ireland debut on 17 July.
How to Train Your Dragon 2, meanwhile, stayed put at five after taking £647,613 between Friday and Sunday - a sum that takes the animated sequel's overall takings in the UK and Ireland to more than £21m.
Takings for The Expendables 3 were down on those for The Expendables 2 in August 2012, which took £1.98m in its first weekend on UK and Ireland screens.
This was despite the fact that the makers of the latest instalment in Stallone's action franchise had hoped to attract a younger audience with a 12A certificate.
Hector and the Search for Happiness, Simon Pegg's latest comedy, was the only other new entry in this week's top 10.
The film, about a psychiatrist who travels the world in the hope he will find contentment, took a distinctly unhappy £240,222 after three days on release.
|UK and Ireland box office chart|
|1. The Inbetweeners 2 - £4.31m|
|2. Guardians of the Galaxy - £2.11m|
|3. The Expendables 3 - £1.69m|
|4. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - £1.09m|
|5. How to Train Your Dragon 2 - £0.64m|