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Sunday 30 August 2015

War Horse gallops into the top spot

Published 17/01/2012

Steven Spielberg's War Horse is his first British movie
Steven Spielberg's War Horse is his first British movie

Steven Spielberg's War Horse has struck victory with its opening weekend at the UK box office, trotting into the top spot with a weekend total of £3.9 million.

With nearly three times the box office takings of runner-up The Iron Lady, the First World War epic also beat last year's British triumph, The King's Speech's opening weekend of £3.3 million, and Spielberg's hugely successful World War II movie Saving Private Ryan, which took £1.9 million in its opening weekend.

"This is my first British movie, through and through. To me, War Horse is a timeless story about the sacrifices of love - about the sacrifices a boy makes in a time of war to find his horse and the sacrifices the horse makes just trying to survive this dark episode in history," said the Oscar-winning filmmaker.

The big-screen adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's much-loved children's book and award-winning play, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston, Emily Watson and newcomer Jeremy Irvine, achieved a huge screen average of £7,800.

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