Prequel to the Shrek franchise, Puss in Boots has topped the UK and Ireland box office in its opening weekend, despite mixed reviews from the critics.
Cheery animations are dominating the UK box office charts this month with Arthur Christmas, Happy Feet Two and new entry Puss in Boots holding three of the top five chart positions in the lead up to Christmas.
With takings of £1.98m in its opening weekend, Puss in Boots has surpassed Aardman favourite Arthur Christmas to nab the top spot. The figure is better than critics expected after the tepid reviews the film has received globally. Though with a festive release it was bound to get bums on seats.
So what’s the plot? The film follows Puss’ (Antonio Banderas) adventures leading up to his meeting Shrek and Donkey. As a wanted fugitive, in order to clear his name, Puss must steal magic beans from criminals, Jack and Jill. The swashbuckling cat along with his female sidekick Kitty Softpaws (Salma Hayek) and their mate Humpty Dumpty plan to steal the beans, take the golden egg from the giant’s castle and clear his name.
Not the most original plot they could have come up with, and neither is the name of Hayek’s character (Softpaws, really?) but it’s certainly good for the kids and hasn’t dampened their takings.
Meanwhile the romantic comedy New Year’s Eve, featuring an all-star cast including Zac Efron, Ashton Kutcher, Katherine Heigl and Abigail Breslin debuted at number three with takings up to £1.29m. Martin Scorsese’s Hugo held steady at number four, and animated feature Happy Feet Two dropped to number five in its second week of release. Also entering the charts this week is A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas which came in a respectable eighth place. Another Earth, rounded out the top ten.
With the second instalment of Sherlock Holmes opening on the 16th December, it’ll be interesting to see how it effects the chart.