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Grace of Monaco bombs at UK box office

Nicole Kidman in Grace of Monaco Image copyright AP
Image caption Film critic Mark Kermode said Grace of Monaco was 'not Nicole Kidman's finest hour'

Nicole Kidman film Grace of Monaco has bombed at the UK and Ireland box office, taking just £238,862 in its opening weekend.

The movie, which stars Kidman as Hollywood star-turned-princess Grace Kelly, was shown on 332 screens, box office tracker Rentrak said.

It equates to £719.46, or 110 customers, per cinema over the weekend.

The movie has generally received poor reviews, with The Telegraph calling it "fantastically silly".

The paper's critic, Robbie Collin, said the acting was "heightened", and the script "thoroughly awful".

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Media captionNicole Kidman says she does not regret the role

"Surely no one makes a movie this bad by accident," said the BBC and Observer film critic Mark Kermode, adding it was "not Nicole Kidman's finest hour".

Concert success

Grace of Monaco opened at number nine on the chart, two places behind BBC Radio 2's D-Day commemoration concert, which was broadcast live from the Royal Albert Hall to 179 cinemas across the country.

Re-telling key moments of the Normandy landings and accompanied by the BBC Concert Orchestra, D-Day 70 Years on took £287,767 - averaging £1,608 per cinema.

Comedy sequel 22 Jump Street topped the chart, taking £4.85m in its opening weekend.

The follow-up to 2012's 21 Jump Street, it sees Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum reprise their roles as undercover police officers who try to infiltrate a local college drug ring.

It easily outperformed the first instalment - which took £1.56m in its first three days - to become the highest opening weekend for a comedy so far this year.

It pushed last week's number one, Angelina Jolie's Maleficent down to number two, with takings of £2.6m.

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UK and Ireland box office top five
1. 22 Jump Street - £4.85m
2. Maleficent - £2.6m
3. X-Men: Days of Future Past - £1.76m
4. Edge of Tomorrow - £1.23m
5. A Million Ways to Die in the West - £480,118

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