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Fault in Our Stars tops UK box office chart

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Image caption The film stars Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort as teenager cancer sufferers

Teen cancer drama The Fault in Our Stars has topped the UK and Ireland box office in its opening weekend.

The film, starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort as lovers who meet at a cancer support group, took £3.4m.

It comfortably held off competition from undercover cop comedy 22 Jump Street, which fell one place to two with £1.5m in box office receipts.

Angelina Jolie's Maleficent was at three with £970,000, bringing its four-week total haul to £15.2m.

The second highest new entry was Clint Eastwood's big screen adaptation of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons musical Jersey Boys at number six.

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Image caption Clint Eastwood directed Jersey Boys, with Frankie Valli served as an executive producer

Taking a total of £415,608 across 448 screens, it averaged £928 per cinema according to box office tracker Rentrak.

For comparison, A Fault in Our Stars averaged £6,720 across 511 cinemas.

Jersey Boys' poor UK opening follows a similar performance in the US where it opened at number four with $13.5m (£7.9m), behind How to Train Your Dragon 2 ($25.3m), 22 Jump Street ($29m) and Think Like a Man Too ($30m).

Kevin Costner thriller 3 Days to Kill opened at seven with £324,560, averaging £941 across 345 cinemas.

Bollywood comedy Humshakals rounded off the top 10 with £129,181 in takings - equating to an impressive £1,845 across the 70 cinemas it was screened at.

UK and Ireland box office top five
1. The Fault in Our Stars - £3.4m
2. 22 Jump Street - £1.5m
3. Maleficent - £970,381
4. X-Men: Days of Future Past - £564,649
5. Edge of Tomorrow - £515,352

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