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X-Men: Apocalypse holds off Alice at UK box office

Jennifer Lawrence and Evan Peters Image copyright AP
Image caption Jennifer Lawrence and Evan Peters star in X Men: Apocalypse

X Men: Apocalypse has topped the UK box office chart for the second week in a row, holding off competition from Alice Through The Looking Glass.

The ninth instalment of the X Men film series took £2.54m on its second week of release.

Alice Through The Looking Glass, starring Johnny Depp and directed by James Bobin, took £2.23m debuted at number two.

Its predecessor, Alice in Wonderland, took £10.5m in its first week in 2010.

The UK chart mirrors the North American box office, which also saw Alice beaten into second place by X Men on Memorial Day weekend.

Angry Birds, the film based on the popular game, was the third most popular film in the UK, with takings of £919,000.

Jodie Foster's fourth film as a director, Money Monster, entered the UK box office chart at number four after taking £821,000 in its first weekend.

The movie stars George Clooney as a TV financial news presenter who is taken hostage by a gunman live on air.

Another new entry, Love and Friendship, starring Kate Beckinsale, enters at number eight, having taken £263,000 on its opening weekend.

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