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Prisoners tops UK box office

Prisoners

Story by Jack Foley

HUGH Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal’s child abduction thriller Prisoners has topped the UK box office in its opening weekend.

The drama took £1.37m, overtaking the Formula One film Rush, which slipped to second place with £987,549.

Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine came third despite only opening on limited screens, while Justin Timberlake-Ben Affleck gambling thriller Runner Runner came fourth and Insidious Chapter 2 came fifth.

Richard Curtis’s time travelling romance About Time was in sixth place, with action movie White House Down in seventh.

Critically panned Diana only just clung onto a top 10 spot in its second weekend, sliding to ninth, while animations Justin and the Knights of Valour and Monsters University also rounded out the top ten.

In Scotland, Filth, the adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s novel starring James McAvoy, got off to a strong start, taking £247,860 from just 38 locations.

The figures meant that the film came 12th overall in the UK but on a per screen average ended up as the biggest movie of the week in terms of attendance. It opens in English cinemas on Friday.

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