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Last Updated: Monday, 1 August 2005, 16:34 GMT 17:34 UK
Charlie triumphs at UK box office
Johnny Depp in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Johnny Depp plays Willy Wonka, a role made famous by Gene Wilder
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has triumphed at the UK box office, taking 7.9m in its opening weekend.

However, the Tim Burton film, starring Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka, was knocked off the top spot at the US box office after two weeks by Wedding Crashers.

Wedding Crashers, starring Owen Wilson, took $20.5m (11.6m), moving into the top spot after two weeks in the chart.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory also entered the charts at number one in Mexico and Israel.

It is estimated the Roald Dahl adaptation has taken $36.6m in 15 countries, excluding North America where it took $114.1m (65.6m) in its opening fortnight.

Second in the UK box office was the animated movie Madagascar, followed by Fantastic Four, slipping from number one to three.

Horror movie The Skeleton Key, starring Kate Hudson, was one of only two new UK entries, entering at number six with takings of 769, 968.

US AND CANADA TOP FIVE
Vince Vaughn (l) and Owen Wilson in Wedding Crashers
1. Wedding Crashers (above)
2. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
3. Sky High
4. Stealth
5. Must Love Dogs
Source: Exhibitor Relations

New entries to this week's US box office top ten include Kurt Russell comedy Sky High, which opened at number three, and the new Jamie Foxx movie Stealth, which opened at number four.

Stealth, a $100m (56.6m) action blockbuster took $13.5m (7.6m), suggesting the box office slump in North America is set to continue.

Last week saw the Ewan MacGregor thriller The Island, co-starring Scarlett Johansson, enter the chart at number four taking just $12.3m (6.9m).

"Audiences are so desperate to find a film they like, they're just hanging on to the same movies," said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Exhibitor Relations.

"Action just doesn't seem to be what the public is buying this summer," said Rory Bruer, head of distribution for Sony, which released Stealth.

"Comedy seems to be king."






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