Ghost story The Woman in Black took over £3m at the UK box office this weekend, making it the UK’s number one film.
Last week it was announced the film, produced by legendary British horror studio Hammer, had taken $21m on its opening weekend in the US.
The Woman in Black stars Daniel Radcliffe as Arthur Kipps (Radcliffe), a lawyer forced to leave his young son and travel to a remote village to attend to the affairs of the recently deceased owner of Eel Marsh House.
Working alone in the old mansion, Kipps begins to uncover the town’s tragic and tortured secrets and his fears escalate when he discovers that local children have been dying under mysterious circumstances.
When those closest to him become threatened by the vengeful woman in black, Kipps must find a way to break the cycle of terror.
Over the weekend Hammer tweeted: “We’re officially the number one film at the box office from Friday’s takings!”
On Monday, company CEO Simon Oakes announced the estimated UK earnings and said: “We are delighted The Woman in Black has performed so well here and in the US.”
Oakes added: “This is a fantastic result. The buzz in cinemas and online suggests great word of mouth which bodes well for the half term week ahead.
“Our congratulations to James Watkins, Jane Goldman, Daniel Radcliffe, and all those at Hammer,” said Xavier Marchand, Managing Director Momentum Pictures.”
Nigel Sinclair, CEO and Co-Chairman of Hammer’s parent company Exclusive Media, added: “This is a great result for Hammer in the UK and follows on from the film’s strong performance at the US box office.”
Exclusive also produced the George Clooney film The Ides of March.
Sinclair said the group was committed “to making great mainstream movies with top tier talent”.
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