Box Office Buzz: Tinker Tailor spies another week at the top of the box office ‘circus’

By Adam Vaughan

On the wave of near unanimous critical praise, Tomas Alfredson’s adaptation of John Le Carre’s espionage drama held on to the UK box office top spot for a second consecutive week.

Grossing just shy of £7 million, it is perhaps not surprising that the UK/French/German co-production has done such good business. The film boasts a veritable who’s who of British acting talent, including Gary Oldman, John Hurt, Tom Hardy, Mark Strong, Benedict Cumberbatch and Oscar-winner Colin Firth, all of whom are on top form. As well as that, in a similar fashion to The King’s Speech, Tinker Tailor has encouraged an older generation into the cinema, armed with a curiosity to discover how this version differs from the novel and the 70s T.V. series, which starred Alec Guiness as the laconic Smiley.

As a result, Oldman and co have been able to comfortably hold off a host of new releases. Two of these feature Hollywood’s man of the moment, Ryan Gosling. The easier sell, but lesser of the two films, Crazy Stupid Love, went straight in at number two, grossing £860k. However, the Nicholas Winding Refn directed, Drive – ostensibly an arthouse film (having earned Refn the Best Director award at Cannes earlier this year) – posted a better-than-expected gross of approximately £600k, placing it at number five.

Other new releases included MMA oedipal drama, Warrior, starring Tom Hardy, Joel Edgerton and Nick Nolte. Its bone-crunching cage fighting sequences and a high-profile marketing campaign seeing Hardy and Edgerton’s mugs plastered across many city buses, saw it knock out most of the competition on its way to the box office number three spot. Elsewhere, the latest Jason Statham action movie Killer Elite only managed to take around £500k, unable to cash in on its impressive supporting cast which includes Robert de Niro and Clive Owen.

One final footnote: bawdy, crude and remarkably unfunny body-swap ‘comedy’ The Change-Up looks set to leave the box office before it arrived; only recouping £1.63 million from its £50 million budget in the UK proving that over-expenditure on a comedy can be a dangerous move. At the other end of the spectrum, home-grown comedy The Inbetweeners Movie continues to hold its own at number four, with a total gross to date of £43.3 million

UK Box office Weekend ending 25th September

Title Week Gross Gross to date Weeks on Release
  1. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
£2.1m £6.92m 2
  1. Crazy Stupid Love
£860k £860k 1
  1. Warrior
£808k £808k 1
  1. The Inbetweeners Movie
£754k £43.3m 6
  1. Drive
£607k £607k 1
  1. Friends with Benefits
£581k £5.31m 3
  1. Killer Elite
£481k £481k 1
  1. 8.    Jane Eyre
£445k £3.88m 3
  1. 9.    The Smurfs
£411k £16m 7
  1. 10.  The Change-Up
£378k £1.63m 2

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