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War Horse gallops to top of UK film chart

War Horse

Story by Jack Foley

STEVEN Spielberg’s War Horse has galloped to the top of the UK box office with a weekend total of £3.9 million.

The stellar opening figure is almost three times the box office of second place runner The Iron Lady.

And it also means that War Horse beat last year’s British triumph, The King’s Speech, which enjoyed an opening weekend of £3.3million (a film which went on to take £45m in the UK).

Spielberg’s own hugely successful World War II epic Saving Private Ryan maanaged £1.9m in its opening weekend.

The critically-acclaimed big screen adaption of the much-loved novel by Michael Morpurgo achevieved a huge screen average of £7,800.

And it confirms Spielberg’s belief that the story is predominantly a British one. Set in Devon and shot entirely on location in the UK, the film moved Spielberg to say that “this is my first British movie, through and through” while promoting the film at a London press conference last week.

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