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Pegg comedy Paul tops UK film chart

Paul stars Nick Frost and Simon Pegg
Image caption Pegg (r) appears in Paul with his regular collaborator Nick Frost (l)

Simon Pegg's extra-terrestrial comedy Paul has entered the UK box office chart at number one, knocking Gnomeo and Juliet off the top spot.

Paul grossed £5.5m in its first week on release - though it did have a head start, having opened in cinemas in the UK and Ireland last Monday.

Animated comedy Gnomeo, last weekend's top title, fell to two having made £2.2m between Friday and Sunday.

Oscar-tipped film The King's Speech fell one place to number three.

Colin Firth's regal drama continues to perform impressively, having now made more than £37m since its January debut.

Fellow Academy Award contender True Grit held firm at four, while Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son was the second highest new entry at five.

The third instalment in the Big Momma's House comedy franchise stars Martin Lawrence as an FBI agent who disguises himself as a woman to solve crimes.

The new Yogi Bear film dropped one place to number six, while Disney's Tangled fell four places to seven.

Both these and Adam Sandler comedy Just Go With It fared better than Justin Bieber's documentary Never Say Never, which entered the chart at nine with takings of just over £800,000.

On a screen by screen basis, the 3D concert film was also beaten by Inside Job, a documentary about the recent economic meltdown.

Ballet drama Black Swan, another Oscar contender, completed this week's Top 10 countdown.

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