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Robin Hood steals UK box office spot from Iron Man

Russell Crowe as Robin Hood
Image caption Robin Hood opened the Cannes Film Festival last week

Robin Hood's latest big-screen outing has debuted at the top of the UK and Ireland box office, pushing Iron Man 2 into second place.

The Ridley Scott movie, which openedCannes Film Festival last week, took £5.75m to Iron Man's £1.6m.

Horror remake A Nightmare on Elm Street stayed in third place with £0.65m, and Hot Tub Time Machine stayed in fourth with £0.57m.

Furry Vengeance dropped three places to round out the top five with £0.55m

Critical reaction to Robin Hood, starring Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett, has been mixed.

This big-budget epic has taken a few liberties with the traditional outlaw story - Richard The Lionheart is portrayed as a selfish, warmongering monarch, while the Sheriff of Nottingham plays only a peripheral role.

It failed to topple Iron Man 2 from the North American box office last weekend.

Other films in the top 10 include Four Lions with £0.49m, and Jennifer Lopez's latest film The Back Up Plan, which enjoyed till receipts of £0.48m.

How To Train Your Dragon and The Last Song both dropped a place, taking £0.24m and £0.18m respectively.

Date Night, starring Steve Carell and Tina Fey, was at number 10 with takings of £0.13m.

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