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24 July 2014

Ye Gods!

Earth-to-Echo-02Dwayne Johnson clubs off all-comers as the classical warrior Hercules, a burnished hunk who surrounds himself with a gang of trusted lieutenants who help maintain the myth that he is born of the gods.

Yet, in reality, he's a money-grabbing mercenary who will fight any adversary for a price.

Earth to Echo shamelessly channels ET in this story about three best buddies start receiving cryptic messages on their mobile phones.

Setting out to discover their source, the trio chance upon Echo, a mysterious alien from another planet who desperately needs their help in order to return home.

The violent sequel The Purge: Anarchy revisits the premise that In a near-future America, unemployment and crime is down to an all-time low, thanks to the annual Purge, in which all crime - including murder - is legal for one night.

Nicolas Cage returns to form in Joe (also showing in Sky Store)  as a brooding ex-con who throws a lifeline to teenager Gary (Tye Sheridan), the son of an abusive, white-trash alcoholic.

And one for the kids - in The House of Magic Thunder the cat (voiced by Murray Blue) plays fast and loose with his nine lives when he attempts to keep the enchanted mansion owned by kindly magician The Illustrious Lorenzo out of the clutches of his greedy estate agent nephew.


UK BOX OFFICE TOP TEN

Dawn-of-the-Planet-of-the-ApesSuperior sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has called a halt to battling robots monkeying around at the top of the box officer charts.

Following their awesome Rise in 2011, ape leader Caesar (motion capture maestro Andy Serkis) and his nation of genetically advanced brethren come under threat from a band of humans who survived the virus that decimated mankind a decade earlier.

How To Train Your Dragon 2 keeps its counsel at number 2 while Transformers: Age of Extinction clanks down to third place ahead of the live events Monty Python and Andre Rieu.

Next up is Mrs Brown's Boys D-Movie, which is slowly slipping down after once holding the top spot, while fellow TV spin-off Pudsey The Dog: The Movie romps in at number seven.

1     Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (new)
2     How To Train Your Dragon 2
3    Transformers: Age of Extinction
4    Monty Python at the 02 (live event)
5    Andre Rieu's 2014 Maastricht Concert (live event)
6    Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie
7    Pudsey The Dog: The Movie (new)
8    Boyhood  
9    The Fault in Our Stars
10  22 Jump Street

Chart updated 24/7/14