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Tarantino fails to budge Fatboy
Quentin Tarantino and Zoe Bell
Stuntwoman Zoe Bell plays herself in Tarantino's Death Proof
Quentin Tarantino's Death Proof has failed to attract UK cinema audiences, entering the box office chart at number six, with takings of just 407,525.

The director's last offering Kill Bill: Volume 2, spent two weeks at the top of the charts on its release in May 2004, taking 4.2m in its first weekend.

Meanwhile, Simon Pegg's marathon comedy Run, Fatboy, Run topped the chart for the third week in a row.

It beat Atonement, starring Keira Knightley, which climbed to number two.

Pegg, who also appeared in Hot Fuzz, co-wrote Run, Fatboy, Run, which sees him playing an overweight security guard trying to win back the girlfriend he abandoned at the altar five years before.

It was directed by former Friends star David Schwimmer, in his directorial debut.

UK BOX OFFICE
1. Run, Fatboy, Run - 1.2m
2. Atonement - 1.16m
3. I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry - 1.09m
4. Superbad - 1.06m
5. The Bourne Ultimatum - 562,099
Source: Screen International

Angelina Jolie's A Mighty Heart just missed the top 10 by going in at Number 11, but was the only other new entry in the top 15.

It is based on the memoirs of Marianne Pearl, whose husband, New York journalist Daniel Pearl, was kidnapped and murdered in Pakistan in 2002.

Despite coming from feted Hollywood director Tarantino, Death Proof was showing at 286 screens across the country, many fewer than the 401 currently showing Run, Fatboy, Run, or the 428 cinemas featuring Atonement.

Death Proof is about a murderous stuntman, played by Kurt Russell, who preys on young women using his "death proof" car.

Publicity drive

Initially, it was released in the US as half of the Grindhouse double feature with Roberto Rodriguez's Planet Terror, complete with fictional trailers for upcoming attractions and adverts.

It was a pastiche of sleazy, low-budget 70s US B-movies, but was a box office disappointment after a series of bad reviews.

As a result, Death Proof and Planet Terror were split into two, and extra footage was added back in from the cutting room floor for separate European releases.

Director Tarantino has been on a highly-publicised publicity drive to accompany its UK release.

His appearances have included Jonathan Ross's BBC One Friday night chat show and even banger racing in Wimbledon.




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