Sex Tape tops UK and Ireland box office despite US anticlimax

Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel's comedy has pushed Lucy into second place

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Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel’s aptly-timed comedy Sex Tape has topped the UK and Ireland box office despite proving an anticlimax state-side.

The film grossed £1.4 million over its opening weekend to push Scarlett Johansson’s thriller Lucy into second place.

But Sex Tape failed to hit number one when it debuted in the US in July, entering in fourth place instead. To date it has taken just $38.1 million in ticket sales.

Elsewhere, Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman’s Before I Go To Sleep debuted at number three in the UK, while Helen Mirren’s The Hundred-Foot Journey entered at four.

Former Downton Abbey actor Dan Stevens can be seen in other new entry The Guest, which sits at number eight having taken £313,000.

Disney’s space movie Guardians of the Galaxy is at number five, having grossed more than £25 million since its release six weeks ago.

Prequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and sequel The Inbetweeners 2 also remain in the top ten having enjoyed successful UK runs.

Sex Tape was described as “wittier and less smutty than its reputation might suggest” by The Independent’s film critic.

Its release came just days after nude photos of high profile figures including Jennifer Lawrence, Victoria Justice and Kate Upton were leaked online by an iCloud hacker.