Monday, 19 September 2011

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy gets to number one

The newly re-branded UK arm of European powerhouse STUDIOCANAL stormed out of the blocks this weekend as TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY, the first film to carry the company's new banner, debuted at number one at the UK and Irish Box Office, becoming the third biggest 3 day September opening on record.

The picture, a Working Title production, fully financed by STUDIOCANAL, delivered the latter's biggest ever three day UK & Ireland opening figure with £2.805m from 382 sites for a per screen average in excess of £7200 and crowned a mighty year for the company becoming its second number one movie of the past 12 months (after UNKNOWN) with box office takings in 2011 already making it the biggest in its 11 year history.

Speaking on Monday STUDIOCANAL UK Chief Executive Danny Perkins commented "We're delighted to be able to celebrate such a terrific launch for both TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY and the new STUDIOCANAL brand in the UK. These outstanding opening weekend figures are testament to the quality of the film that our friends at Working Title have delivered, the tireless support and availability of this excellent cast and director and to the hard work, creativity, skill and passion that the STUDIOCANAL team have poured into a film that we are immensely proud to release."

Working Title co-chairman Tim Bevan said “This is a fantastic result and all of the film makers are extremely grateful to STUDIOCANAL for doing a great job. Films like this are very difficult to get made and when they connect with the audience like this the success is all the sweeter”

Olivier Courson, Chairman and CEO of STUDIOCANAL commented "I am thrilled that Tinker Tailor has received such a great reception from cinemagoers and reviewers this weekend. At STUDIOCANAL, we are all very proud to have been a part of this film which has brought together the best of European cinema from producers, director, literature, cast and crew.”

Sales of the John le Carre book also saw a significant increase following the film's UK film premiere (Tuesday) which publishers expect to result in a high bestseller list placing when figures are announced this week.

Speaking about the movie in an earlier statement le Carre had said "The film, through my very personal prism, is a triumph. And if people write to me and say, ‘How could you let this happen to poor Alec Guinness,’ I shall reply that, if ‘poor Alec’ had witnessed Oldman’s performance, he would have been the first to give it a standing ovation.

It’s not the film of the book. It’s the film of the film, and to my eye a work of art in its own right. I’m very proud to have provided Alfredson with the material, but what he made of it is wonderfully his own."

The spy thriller features a stellar cast including Gary Oldman, Kathy Burke, Benedict Cumberbatch, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, CiarĂ¡n Hinds, John Hurt, Toby Jones, Konstantin Khabensky, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Roger Lloyd Pack, and Mark Strong. Directed by Tomas Alfredson, it is a Working Title production for STUDIOCANAL.

Set in the 1970s, TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY finds George Smiley (Gary Oldman), a recently retired MI6 agent, doing his best to adjust to a life outside the secret service. However, when a disgraced agent reappears with information concerning a mole at the heart of the Circus, Smiley is drawn back into the murky field of espionage. Tasked with investigating which of his trusted former colleagues has chosen to betray him and their country, Smiley narrows his search to four suspects - all experienced, urbane, successful agents - but past histories, rivalries and friendships make it far from easy to pinpoint the man who is eating away at the heart of the British establishment.

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