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Fast & Furious 5 rockets to UK top spot as Arthur falters

Fast & Furious 5

Story by Jack Foley

FAST & Furious 5 has driven straight to the top of the UK box office chart with £4.01m – the biggest three-day opening of the year so far.

The film took an average of £12,202 at each of the 437 cinemas in which it was screened and, boosted by a Thursday opening, the fifth instalment in the Vin Diesel-powered franchise took £5.3m over its first four days.

That comfortably beat second best performer Rio, which slipped from first to second spot.

Russell Brand’s Arthur remake conversely had a disappointing opening weekend, taking just £764,468, and emulating its similarly underwhelming US box office.

The film – a remake of the 1981 Oscar-winning comedy featuring Dudley Moore – entered the chart at number three despite opening at 434 cinemas, averaging £1,761 per screen.

Estimated to have cost some $40m (£24.1m), Arthur – which also stars Dame Helen Mirren and Jennifer Garner – has now earned $29.2m (£17.6m) to date world-wide, compared with the ’81 original, which took more than $95m (£57.3m) in total world-wide box office receipts.

Despite the strong performances of both Fast & Furious 5 and Rio, takings for the rest of the UK top 15 were generally down for a bank holiday weekend because of the scorching weather.

Last week’s number one, meanwhile, horror sequel Scream 4, fell three places to four with £730,963, while Vanessa Hudgens’ film Beastly entered the chart at five.

The biggest fall on the chart was James Franco and Natalie Portman comedy Your Highness, which slipped from third on its opening week to 11.

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