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Prometheus stays top of the UK box office

Prometheus
Image caption Prometheus sees a team of explorers attempt to uncover the origins of mankind

Ridley Scott's alien drama, Prometheus, has topped the UK and Ireland box office for a second week.

The film, starring Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace and Charlize Theron, took £3,140,000 over the weekend.

It held off competition from Men In Black 3 (£2,533,000) and Snow White and the Huntsman (£2,211,000), despite a 50% drop on last week's takings.

Horror film The Pack (£932,000) was the only new entry of the week to make a dent in the top five.

Ill Manors, the directorial debut from rapper Plan B - whose real name is Ben Drew - debuted at nine.

It took £256,000, including previews, but was screened in just 191 cinemas, compared with around 500 venues for the top three films.

The film was generally well-received by critics, although many said the tale of crime in London's East End made for "bleak" viewing.

Another of the weekend's new releases, Red Tails, got off to a slow start, despite being produced by Star Wars creator George Lucas.

The World War II drama starring Terrence Howard and Cuba Gooding Jnr took just £193,000.

However, Simon Pegg's new comedy A Fantastic Fear of Everything failed to make the top 15.

The film suffered some unfavourable reviews and opened at number 20 with takings of just £35,400.

Prometheus failed to top the US box office this week, crash-landing in second place behind animated sequel Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted.

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