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Small-Screen Jabber 12-18 September

Posted by Louise Bolotin | Fri, 11/09/2015 - 11:53

By Louise Bolotin

Scandi-Noir season is upon us once again. Lap it up while you can, if rumours of BBC4’s closure are to be believed. The Bridge is returning in October, but first let’s hear it for Beck (Sat, BBC4, 9pm). This police procedural series draws on the Martin Beck novels by Swedish writers Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlööl. Naturally, there’s a good cop, bad cop element, with the methodical and cautious Beck partnered with his more flighty and grouchy sidekick Gunvald Larsson. The feature-length episodes, set in a gritty-looking Stockholm, are each based on a different Beck adventure. In Swedish, with English subtitles. Indeed, it’s a good weekend for quality drama. JB Priestley’s period whodunnit, An Inspector Calls (Sun, BBC1, 8.30pm), is a fine adaptation – gripping and well-cast (starring Ken Stott, Miranda Richardson and David Thewlis). Aristocratic family the Birlings are celebrating their daughter’s engagement until the police arrive. A young woman has killed herself and left an incriminating diary – one by one, devastating family secrets are bared. Thewlis (left) is outstanding as Inspector Goole, whittling away for the truth and exposing a nasty slice of class hypocrisy.

Going head to head is the equally brilliant This is England ’90 (Sun, C4, 9pm), Shane Meadows’ final instalment of his quadrilogy about a gang of Nottingham teenagers. The opening sequence leaves you in no doubt they’re embracing a new decade, as Meadows masterfully weaves archive clips of the Poll Tax riots and a contemporary soundtrack. There are nods to Madchester and the era’s counterculture in what is undoubtedly a grand finale over four episodes. Unmissable. Feature-length drama The Gamechangers (Tues, BBC2, 9pm) stars Daniel Radcliffe in a cracking tale about the creation of video game Grand Theft Auto. Radcliffe plays the game’s inventor Sam Houser, a creative genius who pulled no punches about GTA’s violent content, while Bill Paxton plays the US attorney who went after Houser in a campaign to get it pulled from the shelves. No previews were available but with the cast leads and Rev’s scriptwriter James Wood on board, it holds much promise.

Gonzo GP Michael Mosley turns medical David Attenborough in Countdown to Life: the Extraordinary Making of You (Mon, BBC2, 9pm). Over three weeks he looks at the development of the foetus, from conception to birth and how much is down to the combination of parental genes and chromosomes. The first episode explores the first eight weeks, where even just 15 days in, things like hair colour are determined as are tiny genetic mutations that cause disabilities. It’s fascinating stuff, with Mosley’s entertaining yet no-nonsense delivery (pardon the pun) of the unfolding facts striking the ideal note. With so much press coverage of radicalised British Muslims joining Isis in Syria, little attention has been paid to the other exodus from our shores. In Frontline Fighting: the Brits Battling Isis (Wed, C4, 10pm) the cameras follow three ex-soldiers who’ve entered Isis-held territory to fight the extremists. As volunteers, they’ve given up a lot for their principles of “standing up to pure evil”, as one of them says, knowing they may not see their families again. It’s a brave and revealing window on a side of the war you’re unlikely to see on the news bulletins.

The first lady of the digital age gets profiled in Calculating Ada: the Countess of Computing (Thurs, BBC4, 9pm). Ada Lovelace was both poet Byron’s only child and a mathematical genius. In the 1840s, as a woman struggling for professional recognition in the male-dominated Victorian era, she was already writing algorithms for the computers that hadn’t yet been invented but that she envisaged would one day dominate the world. Puts Alan Turing’s astonishing achievements into perspective. Unquestionably my documentary of the week, for paying tribute to an extraordinary woman who gave much to our society for little reward.

After a so-so season, it’s time for Last Night at the Proms (Sat, BBC2, 7.15pm). Marin Alsop, 2013’s (and first female) conductor returns to lead the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, and the BBC Singers. The programme includes some Puccinia arias sung by German tenor Jonas Kaufmann, Strauss’ Till Eulenspiel, Arvo Part’s Credo and Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2, played by British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor. Chuck in some Grieg and Gershwin and it’s a good all-rounder. Potentially controversially, Kaufmann will sing Rule Britannia to close. Katie Derham presents, live from the Royal Albert Hall. Later... with Jools Holland (Wed, BBC2, 10pm) returns for another eight weeks of eclectic musical offerings, starting with pop veterans Squeeze of the catchy tunes and clever lyrics. Holland, of course, was their keyboardist for their early successes. Enduring folkie Rickie Lee Jones and indie rockers Foal, here showcasing tracks from their new studio LP, also head the lineup.

Theme tunes, like advertising slogans can stick in your head forever and where better to prove it than one of those “the nation’s favourite...” shows. Victoria Wood narrates us through the top 20 countdown in The Sound of ITV: the Nation’s Favourite Theme Tunes (Wed, ITV, 8pm). It’s a quick trot through them - it's only an hour long and there's a lot to cram in - and it’s ITV so you won’t be getting any of those EastEnders doof-doofs (for shame!). What you will get are Dennis Waterman singing the Minder song he wrote, Tales of the Unexpected’s catchy electronic piano, complete with silhouetted dancing lady, and, for the older viewers who may remember it, that Simon Parks brassy little number. A light-hearted trip down the lane commonly known as nostalgia.

It’s the finals of the US Open tennis championship (Sat/Sun, Sky Sports 1/3/4, various times) this weekend, with the women’s singles on Saturday and the men’s on the Sunday. It’s a fair bet Serena and Djokovic will be on the courts, with Serena hoping to complete a calendar slam as well as her second Serena slam. The Rugby World Cup Opening Ceremony (Fri, ITV, 6.45pm) launches this year’s championship, with the first match – England v Fiji – airing immediately after, live from Twickenham. The Davis Cup (Fri, BBC2, 1pm) also resumes at the end of the week as Team GB go head to head versus Australia. The Aussies have a so-so lineup, the Brits have Andy Murray who will be playing one of the two singles rubbers on the opening day at Glasgow Commonwealth Arena.

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Win a copy of War Pigs on Blu-ray

Posted by Competitions | Tue, 08/09/2015 - 11:27

A stellar cast of action heroes star in new WWII Action thriller War Pigs, available now on digital download and on DVD and Blu-ray from September 14. And thanks to Signature Entertainment, we have THREE copies of War Pigs on Blu-ray to give away.

World War 2 Army Captain Jack Wosick (Luke Goss) has been dismissed in disgrace, but when he’s challenged to lead a rag-tag team of misfits on a top secret mission he has the chance to redeem himself. The unit, known as the War Pigs, must venture behind enemy lines to secure Nazi developed Super Weapon the V3 – a massive artillery canon that would provide an insurmountable advantage against the allies and must be seized at all costs.

Stakes are high and chances of success are slim but the team have the backing of the experienced Captain Hans Picault (Dolph Lundgren) and battle hardened Colonel AJ Redding (Mickey Rourke). WW1 veteran Jack, determined to succeed at whatever cost, must lead and earn the respect of his new squad to form a high functioning unit and defeat the enemy…

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Win a copy of The Age of Adaline on Blu-ray

Posted by Competitions | Mon, 07/09/2015 - 11:34

The Age of Adaline follows the miraculous life of 29-year old Adaline, who stops ageing after recovering from a near-fatal accident. Over the 20th century she embarks on an epic, but isolated worldwide journey, keeping her secret, until she meets a man who forever alters her life.

The Age of Adaline will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray on September 14, And thanks to Entertainment in Video, we have THREE copies on Blu-ray to give away.

Having miraculously remained 29 years old for almost eight decades, Adaline Bowman (Blake Lively) has lived a solitary existence, never allowing herself to get close to anyone who might reveal her secret. But a chance encounter with charismatic philanthropist Ellis Jones (Michiel Huisman) reignites her passion for life and romance. When a weekend with his parents (Harrison Ford and Kathy Baker) threatens to expose the truth, Adaline makes a decision that will change her life forever.

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US Box Office Report

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Mon, 07/09/2015 - 09:13

Christian-themed War Room tops tepid Labor Day holiday

By Rich Matthews

Summer 2015 – one of the best on record, a bumper box office season that has placed three new films in the top six movies of all time – ended on a somewhat flaccid note this Labor Day weekend.

Christian holdover War Room came out on top with $9.4m for a domestic total of $24.7m. Don't expect it to perform anywhere near as well internationally. It was followed by the antithetical NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton, the last of Universal's record-breaking $6bn summer (the biggest total earned by one studio in history), which took in $8.9m for a homegrown tally of $147.8m (which could well top $150 by the end of the four-day holiday). Compton has only grabbed $18.1m abroad so far, for a worldwide gross of $165.9m.

The first new release of the weekend, Robert Redford as author Bill Bryson with grizzly Nick Nolte tagging along for A Walk In The Woods, actually outperformed expectations to take $8.4m for an early gross of $10.5m, thanks mostly to a larger-than-average turnout from the older audience. Meanwhile, Tom Cruise kept on truckin' as Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation at four, adding $7.2m to raise its total to a pleasing $180.4m and $509m, with China still to go – a market big enough to get Rogue Nation near the previous M:I Ghost Protocol's near $700m gross. China has single-handedly saved Terminator: Genisys from the doldrums, taking Arnie's comeback to a $435.9m global total, basically guaranteeing a sixth film in the killer cyborg franchise even when American audiences stayed away. Whether or not China can help get the Jason Statham-free Transporter Refueled out of a similar predicament remains to be seen, with its $7.1m landing the Ed Skrein vehicle at fifth (Skrein was in Games Of Thrones but his character got recast). Refueled has already whipped up $10m internationally.

The rest of the top 10, from six to 10 consisted of Owen Wilson getting melodramatic in a crisis in No Escape ($5.4m, $18.4m US), Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer flopping about in Guy Ritchie's underwhelming The Man From U.N.C.L.E. ($3.4m, $39.4m, $85.4m), Pantelion's Mexican farmyard animation Un Gallo con Muchos Huevos breaks America at eight with $3.4m, horror squealquel Sinister 2 at nine ($3.38m, $23.7m), and Disney/Pixar hit Inside Out rounding it all out with a return to the chart at 10 ($3.1m, $348.2m, $734.4m). It's also worth paying lip service to Jurassic World as it passed the rare landmark of $1bn in international sales, for a grand global total of $1.65bn, easily the third biggest movie ever behind James Cameron's one and two of Avatar and Titanic.

Next weekend doesn't offer much, with maybe M Night Shyamalan PG-13 chiller The Visit most likely to make a small dent. Then on 18 September, Johnny Depp goes method in make-up for Black Mass, sequel Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials gets out of the block and Josh Brolin, Jason Clarke and Jake Gyllenhaal get stuck up Everest.

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Trailers of the Week

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Sun, 06/09/2015 - 10:55

By Stuart O'Connor

Each week, the Screenjabber inbox gets overloaded with emails containing new film trailers, or clips of films or upcoming Blu-ray/DVD/VoD releases. Here are a few of those trailers and clips that caught our eye this week ...

The Lobster Trailer

The Gamechangers Trailer

The New Girlfriend Trailer

The Danish Girl Trailer

MacBeth Trailer

The Physician Trailer

Mississippi Grind Trailer

Beasts of No Nation Trailer

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Screenjabber Podcast: Me and Amon and the grumpy Doug

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Sat, 05/09/2015 - 12:00

Join Amon Warmann, Doug Cooper and host Stuart O'Connor for reviews of American Ultra, No Escape, The Transporter Refueled, Buttercup Bill, and Me and Earl and the Dying Girl...

You can listen to and download the podcast – or subscribe to it on iTunes ... plus you can follow us on Twitter and join us on Facebook.

PubQuest: We're looking to take the Screenjabber Pubcast on the road, and want your input. Know a great pub in London we should visit to record the show? Drop us a line and let us know.

WriterQuest: We're seeking some more writers, particularly those who want to cover video games for us. Please get in touch if you're keen.

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Small-Screen Jabber 5-11 September

Posted by Louise Bolotin | Sat, 05/09/2015 - 10:56

By Louise Bolotin

Jed Mercurio’s reworking of DH Lawrence’s classic novel Lady Chatterley’s Lover (Sun, BBC1, 9pm) is an intriguing delight, if a little light where it ought not to be. Mercurio, responsible for the brilliantly gritty Line of Duty, shuns Lawrence’s own grit and there’s not a lot of heaving flesh on display - not a bad thing, in my opinion, but the few sex scenes are too soft-focus and lack the book’s earthiness. What does shine is the back story Mercurio brings to the script – Lawrence never revealed just why Lady Chatterley strayed from the marital bed, and Mercurio fills that gap with a credible scenario of a passionate marriage run dry as a result of Sir Clifford’s serious war wounds. Holliday Grainger and Richard Madden play the star-crossed lovers, but it’s James Norton’s mesmerising turn as the paralysed, frustrated and jealous husband (left) that will command your attention. Adultery is also the theme of the five-part drama Doctor Foster (Wed, BBC1, 9pm), which stars Suranne Jones as a GP who suspects her husband has another woman. It starts with a single stray blonde hair, but her search for the truth starts to rip her comfortable life apart and threaten to destroy her sanity. Jones is one of our most underrated actors and she turns in a gripping performance as the suspicious wife, even when the plot occasionally takes a twist into the realm of unrealistic. Bertie Carvell co-stars as husband Simon.

Alan Turing and Leo Marks are probably the most well-known code-breakers and code creators who worked at Bletchley Park during WW2, but Gordon Welchman’s role has been largely left on the margins. Bletchley Park: Code-breaking’s Forgotten Genius (Mon, BBC2, 9pm) brings him back centre stage, showing how his pioneering data analysis helped bring the war to an end and how his subsequent work in the US led to the creation of modern state surveillance. Filmed at Bletchley, with contributions from those who knew him and partly dramatised, this portrait also depicts the man who drew ire from the security services when he wrote a book lifting the lid on their practices. If you’re around in the mornings Blitz Cities (Mon-Fri, BBC1, 9.15am) looks at how German bombing in WW2 affected the towns that took the hits. Every day, a well-known personality explores a different aspect – Shane Richie kicks off by flying the actual Luftwaffe routes to London and later in the week Ricky Tomlinson goes back to his native Liverpool to see how its port was damaged.

The Timeshift strand turns its spotlight on maps this week. A Very British Map: the Ordnance Survey Story (Wed, BBC4, 9pm) is charming and quirky tale of how the OS institution began life in the late 18th century as a tool for the military but morphed down the decades into maps that could be used by hikers for leisure. Today, Ordnance Survey has moved into the digital space as the market for folding paper maps goes into decline. The cartographers and surveyors who create the maps share their love and enthusiasm for their work.

Paul Weller’s first band was credited with sparking a mod revival and was highly influential for musicians who followed in its wake. The Story of the Jam (Sat, Sky Arts, 10pm) attempts, reasonably well, to tell their definitive story. The interviews with members Paul Weller, Bruce Foxton and Rick Buckler are revealing and there is some cracking archive footage including some previously unseen clips. To celebrate his70th birthday last week, Van the Man played a concert in his native Belfast – the highlights are Van Morrison: Up on Cyprus Avenue (Sun, BBC4, 10.30pm). Good to see he’s still got it live and there’s a decent sprinkling of his better-known songs across the set. John Wilson’s orchestra, last seen on swing night the other week at Friday Night at the Proms (Fri, BBC4, 7.30pm), returns for a Leonard Bernstein concert at the Royal Albert Hall. The focus is on the composer’s Broadway career, with plenty of songs from West Side Story, Candide and On the Waterfront. Sit back and soak up more than two hours’ worth of classic show tunes.

Dust off your dancing shoes for this year’s launch show for Strictly Come Dancing (Sat, BBC1, 7.15pm). This is the 13th series and tonight’s show is pre-recorded – it’s the one where this year’s slebs get paired up with the pros. Play SCD Bingo and have a drink every time you spot a dancer attempting to disguise their disappointment at who they’ve been lumbered with, or whenever a celebrity says they are looking forward to “the journey”. Watch out too for early hints of who actually might have talent. The live shows start in three weeks’ time. Chef Jamie Oliver travels around Europe and beyond looking at how diets can lead to longevity and good health in Jamie’s Super Food (Mon, C4, 8pm). I tend to scepticism with such claims as it seems obvious that other factors than food must play a role in some societies where longevity is the norm. Watch it instead for the recipes he cooks up after bringing them back home with him.

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Amazon's Hand Of God Q&A

Posted by Mark Searby | Fri, 04/09/2015 - 13:21

By Mark Searby

Amazon has become a real force of nature in the television entertainment arena since it started up its own studios. The hugely successful Transparent was the breakout hit (a Golden Globe winner as well), so to follow that up Amazon has been commissioning TV shows based on the public responses to pilot episodes. Hand Of God was one such pilot last year, and after critical and commercial success it was green lit for 10 episodes to air in 2015.

Hand Of God centres on Judge Pernell Harris (Ron Perlman), a hard-living law bending man, who suffers a breakdown and goes on a vigilante quest to find the man who raped his daughter-in-law. Pernell starts to have “visions” and “messages” from his comatose son that he believes are sent from God. Is he inspired or is he insane?

To promote the full season, Amazon UK hired One Marylebone, an ex-Holy Trinity Church (see what they did there!) to screen episode 2 of Hand Of God. Following the episode screening was a Q&A with some of the cast and crew. Screenjabber was there to hear what Perlman, Dana Delany, Alona Tal, Marc Forster and Ben Watkins had to say...

Ron, what did you find interesting about your character Pernell Harris? And how difficult is it to play a character that is defined by being rational that is increasingly acting irrationally?
Just the notion of me being naked in the fountain was intriguing. I couldn’t believe a group of people who wanted the show to have a future would start out like that. The thing that intrigued and scared me was his state emotionally juxtaposed against who he had been. That scared me. When I first met Mark [Forster – Executive producer & director] and Ben [Watkins – Creator & Executive Producer] I shared with them my thoughts “I’m not sure I’m up to this. What do you think?” They looked at each other and said “We are game if you are”. So that empowered me to play the character.

Watkins: While I was writing the show, especially the pilot, there were times when I would write a good scene and leave it as it was or take it to where my instinct was going, which was riskier. I made the decision to do what scared me. Then Ron was saying “I really want this role, but it terrifies me”. That was the clincher for us.

Ben, what was your inspiration for this show?
There are a lot of themes that I wanted to tackle. The original inspiration was a fascination I had with zealotry and people who are fanatics. I was thinking of these characters throughout history who become fanatics and it seems as if a certain power comes with that. They are operating on a higher level and it doesn’t matter if it’s religion or politics. But at the same time there are consequences in their personal lives or to the people around them. That fascination didn’t stop with the people who are fanatics but also how society responded to them. When you deal with some that is singularly focussed to the point of obsession it can make you very uncomfortable. If you look at that throughout history what society tends to do is marginalise those people. I realised the way they are labelled is very extreme, you either turn them into a hero or you turn them into a villain. Sometimes with the same person those two labels get applied. I found that very interesting especially as the truth is somewhere in-between.

Alona, you have worked with Russell Crowe, Mark Wahlberg and more. So what’s it like working with Ron Perlman?
Like heaven. His personality came to work every day and it set the tone for everybody. I don’t want to sound cliché, but it was a joy. It was fun. I wanted to have more scenes, but the scenes we did have were pretty intense. I don’t enjoy spitting in Ron’s face. It wasn’t fun.

RP: I want to thank Marc Forster for making her spit in my face many times.

BW: We had a moment there where we had the perfect spit in the face shot. Alona came to Marc and said “I don’t feel like I really go that one”.

AT: The truth is I was really hoping they would give up on that scene.

Ron, this show really came about because of Sons Of Anarchy coming to an end. Can you tell us more about that?
I got into this addictive state from working on Sons Of Anarchy. I began to understand the affect network television was having on the expansiveness of storytelling. I came to realise this one moment in TV evolution was this new found competition. It wasn’t advertisement driven so you could expand on the story. When I knew Sons Of Anarchy was coming to a close I, actively, wanted to keep the party going. One of the early scripts I read was Hand Of God. I said “Oh my god! This is beyond even what I could have imagined”. It tackled the subject of religion in an evangelical based country. It became an obsession to find it a home.

MF: People would call me up and say “Are you sure you want to go with Amazon? They haven’t done anything”. That was pre-Transparent. Everyone was a little sceptical. We felt that it feels right for this show and Amazon believes in it. They are behind us and it’s the best decision we did. I had to deliver a cut for the pilot that was under 60 minutes. I sent them one that ran for 58 minutes and 30 seconds. We got a call back that said “It feels a little short, why don’t you add a few minutes”. You never hear that in Hollywood.

Dana, you’ve been in this industry a long time and had a hugely successful career. Are you feeling the change of how the industry is moving to streaming?
Yes, I signed on when everyone else did. I knew Amazon was going to be part of the future and I wanted to be part of it. It’s exciting. It’s like making a film. Yes, you can swear and smoke pot and get naked, ultimately it comes down to the storytelling. And that is the most important thing and Amazon completely supports that.

Alona, Your character evolves throughout the course of the TV show. How did it feel to see that transition through the TV show?
I care for this character. There are a lot of women who see themselves in her, or I hope that’s the case. So when you are rooting for someone and you see them get better and get stronger it’s always a pleasing thing.

How controversial do you think this show will be with religious people?
I think it will have its pros and cons. That’s what I like about Ben’s writing; I don’t think the show is making a mockery of religion. I think it has both sides.

BW: I don’t think it’s going to be controversial at all. I do know we are asking big questions here. The key word is ‘Questions’. We are not here to be very didactic. We are very comfortable in putting people outside of their comfort zones.

Hand Of God season 1 is now available to stream on Amazon Prime

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Trailers of the Week

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Mon, 31/08/2015 - 12:58

By Stuart O'Connor

Each week, the Screenjabber inbox gets overloaded with emails containing new film trailers, or clips of films or upcoming Blu-ray/DVD/VoD releases. Here are a few of those trailers and clips that caught our eye this week ...

Ash vs Evil Dead Trailer

Kill Your Friends Trailer

Sicario Sneak Peek

Hitman Showstopper Playthrough

AWOL-72 UK Trailer

Youth Trailer

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US Box Office Report

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Mon, 31/08/2015 - 10:07

Compton still top of pops as War Room scores and Zac Efron has no friends

By Rich Matthews

While NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton continues to hold away at number one (taking $13.2m for a homegrown tally of $134.1m, $141m global), Zac Efron's passion project, drama We Are Your Friends, tanked, setting a new record as the lowest opening ever for a studio movie opening in more than 2,000 theatres with $1.8m, falling well below the projected $8m. Warner Bros may have only paid a pittance to distribute it in the US, but it's still not a statistic any major wants on its books. Faring much better was the latest godly effort from the devout Kendrick brothers, War Room, which landed at two with $11m, showing that God can still mean bucks at the American box office.

The Owen Wilson/Pierce Brosnan/Lake Bell political thriller No Escape scraped into fourth with $8.29m – $10.3m if you count Wednesday and Thursday screenings – with the Weinstein Company relying on the older-skewing actioner to hold strong over the Labor Day holiday.

The rest of the chart was an end-of-summer mop up, with recent new releases such as Sinister 2 (now fifth with $4.7m, $18.5m US) and Hitman: Agent 47 (seventh with $3.9m, $15.2m, $40.3m worldwide) tumbling down the charts, and sunshine veterans such as Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation ($8.3m, $170.4m, $479.4m), Jurassic World ($3.1m, $643.1m, $1.64bn) and Ant-Man ($3m, $169.2m, $365.7m) still hanging about at nine and 10. Guy Ritchie's "meh" update of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. for Warner Bros was still hanging about at sixth ($4.4m, $34.1m, $70.7m), and Joel Edgerton's chiller The Gift continued its solid performance at eight with $3.13m ($35.9m, $38.5m).

Next week all eyes will be on whether The Transporter Refuelled can truly kick arse without Jason Statham.

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