Box-of­fice big, box-of­fice lit­tle

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - News - dclarke@irish­times.com

There was good news for Schaden­freude fans in this week’s UK and Ire­land box-of­fice fig­ures. And, no, we’re not talk­ing about Brides­maids. As ex­pected, the ex­cel­lent com­edy ate cin­e­mas alive with a stonk­ing £3.44 mil­lion (¤3.83 mil­lion) open­ing week­end.

The amus­ing news comes at the bot­tom of the chart where Love’s Kitchen, a ro­man­tic com­edy star­ring Claire For­lani, Dougray Scott and, ahem, Gor­don Ram­say, reg­is­tered with a stun­ning to­tal gross of £121 from five screens. That av­er­ages out at about £24 (¤26) a screen. In other words, tak­ing West End prices as our guide, the film drew in about two pun­ters per screen over the week­end.

How­ever, that’s not quite a record. Last year the UK re­lease of Mother­hood, star­ring Uma Thur­man and Min­nie Driver, stag­gered its way to an even more pal­try £88.

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