Madagascar 3 steals UK box office

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Madagascar 3 has gone straight to the top of the UK box office, earning £6 million in its opening weekend.

The 3D computer-animated comedy beat supernatural horror sequel Paranormal Activity 4 which debuted with £2.5m in ticket sales.

Last week's chart-topper, Taken 2 dropped to number three with £2.3m, while Hotel Transylvania took £1m to take fourth place.

Total earnings for the top 15 films was £15.2m, a 56% rise on last weekend.

Rounding out the top five was the science-fiction action Looper, starring Bruce Willis and Emily Blunt.

There were four new releases in this week's top 15 chart.

The critically acclaimed Beasts of the Southern Wild, starring five-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis, was the most impressive performer with £182,000 in box office receipts despite showing at just 28 theatres.

UK & IRELAND BOX OFFICE TOP FIVE

  1. Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted - £6m
  2. Paranormal Activity 4 - £2.5m
  3. Taken 2 - £2.3m
  4. Hotel Transylvania - £1m
  5. Looper - £781,211

Source: Rentrak

With average ticket sales of £6,493 per screening, it entered at number nine.

Bollywood movie Student Of The Year debuted in 11th place earning £131,000 across 57 locations - an average of £2,300 per screening.

Elsewhere in the chart, Tim Burton's Frankenweenie, which opened the BFI London Film Festival last week was ranked sixth with £741,683, while Ethan Hawke horror film Sinister followed with £711,918 in ticket sales.

At number eight, Harry Potter star Emma Watson's The Perks of Being a Wallflower made just £213,091 in its third week of release.

Completing the top 10 was Disney's Brave which took in £176,827, bringing its total earnings to just under £22m after 12 weeks on the chart.

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted is the latest in the Madagascar animated series, featuring the voices of Ben Stiller, Chris Rock and Jada Pinkett Smith.

The series has been a consistent earner for Paramount films with the first two films in the franchise going on to take more than £20 million each at the UK box office.

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