Belfast Telegraph

Modest business for Grace movie

Nicole Kidman's new film Grace Of Monaco has failed to impress at the UK box office on its opening weekend.

The film, which was panned by critics after making its debut at the Cannes Film Festival, took just £238,862 in its opening three days.

Figures from box office tracker Rentrak show that it opened in 332 cinemas, taking an average of only £719 in each venue.

Grace Of Monaco, which stars Nicole as Hollywood star Grace Kelly and Tim Roth as her husband Prince Rainier, was almost universally slammed by critics.

The film caused controversy before it was even screened with rumours of behind-the-scenes clashes and condemnation from the royal family in Monaco.

At Cannes, an early screening was followed by reports of the audience laughing at supposedly serious moments in the plot, and the all-star cast were compared to actors in a low-budget TV movie.

The movie, which is yet to open in the US, fared worse than the biopic starring Naomi Watts as Diana, Princess of Wales, which took £623,051 in its opening weekend in the UK and Ireland.

Directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel, the German filmmaker behind Downfall, the film also left critics unimpressed.

Meanwhile, Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill's new movie 22 Jump Street took £4.85 million in the UK and Ireland at its opening weekend, topping the box office.

Grace of Monaco was also beaten in the box office rankings by D-Day: 70 Years On.

The D-Day commemoration concert, which was broadcast live from the Royal Albert Hall and featured Katherine Jenkins performing a virtual duet with Dame Vera Lynn, was broadcast live to 179 cinemas and took £287,767.

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