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Daniel Radcliffe horror film tops UK box office chart

Daniel Radcliffe with Janet McTeer (l) in The Woman in Black
Image caption Radcliffe's Woman in Black co-stars include 2012 Oscar nominee Janet McTeer (l)

Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe has topped the UK box office chart again - this time with his new Hammer production The Woman in Black.

The latest adaptation of Susan Hill's novel, about a lawyer haunted by a vengeful ghost, made £3.15m in the UK and Ireland between Friday and Sunday.

That saw off main rival The Muppets, which had to settle for second place with debut weekend takings of £2.65m.

The 3D version of the first Star Wars prequel is third in this week's chart.

More than a decade on from its 1999 release, Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace took £1.52m, a figure that includes takings from one day of previews.

Romantic drama The Vow - the top film in the US and Canada over the weekend - was the fourth most popular title in the UK and Ireland.

The film, about a husband and wife whose relationship is rocked after she suffers memory loss, made £1.09m in its first three days in cinemas.

That left sci-fi fantasy Chronicle, last week's number one, at number five with a second weekend haul of £1.02m.

The Woman in Black, which opened in the US on 3 February, was released in 412 cinemas across the UK and Ireland on Friday.

Its director, James Watkins, said he was "thrilled that a British ghost story, made with a British cast, crew and investment, is playing so well with British audiences".

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