La La Land set to top U.K. box office again this Friday

Movie musical La La Land continued its success last weekend by soaring straight to the top of the U.K. box office.

The highly acclaimed movie, starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling as a struggling actress and pianist falling in love, was a commercial hit in the U.S. in 2016 and has managed to repeat its success across the pond with takings of $8 million (£6.5 million), putting it firmly in first place.

The musical marks Lionsgate’s widest ever U.K. release, showing on more than 600 screens throughout the country for the opening, which took place days after the Golden Globes where it scored seven awards, the most prizes won by a single film.

Due to the high demand for the movie, Lionsgate’s fourth biggest U.K. opener following the three Hunger Games sequels, Odeon cinema bosses announced this week (beg16Jan17) they were putting on more showings.

La La Land was miles ahead of its closest competition, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which came in second with takings of $2.1 million (£1.7 million).

Disney’s animation Moana came in third with $1.2 million (£1 million), Assassin’s Creed dropped from first to fourth with $1.1 million (£900,000) and sci-fi thriller Passengers rounded out the top five with $865,000 (£700,000).

UK box office top 10, 13-15 January
1. La La Land, £6.6m from 606 sites (new)
2. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, £1.8m from 596 sites. Total: £62.7m
3. Moana, £1.1m from 569 sites. Total: £17.6m
4. Assassin’s Creed, £0.95m from 525 sites. Total: £6.95m
5. Passengers, £0.78m from 420 sites. Total: £11.8m
6. Manchester By the Sea, £0.73m from 146 sites (new)
7. Live By Night. £0.69m from 449 sites (new)
8. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, £0.56m from 411 sites, Total: £54m
9. The Bye Bye Man, £0.53m from 291 sites (new)
10. Why Him?, £0.36m from 365 sites. Total: £4.6m

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