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Tuesday, 14 August, 2001, 15:46 GMT 16:46 UK
Cats and Dogs digs claws in
Cats and Dogs
The film has had two weeks at number one
Cats and Dogs has held onto the top spot in the British box office chart as two much-hyped new films made little impact.

Family comedy Cats and Dogs, in which the animals fight a high-tech espionage war, took almost 2.8m over the weekend.

UK box office top five
1. Cats and Dogs
2. Rush Hour 2
3. Jurassic Park III
4. Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
5. The Parole Officer
Source: Screen International
But comedian Steve Coogan's first major film, The Parole Officer, could only reach number five, making 902,000.

And sci-fi animation Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, based on a hit computer game, came in fourth with 954,000.

Rush Hour 2 and Jurassic Park III stayed second and third respectively.

Steve Coogan in The Parole Officer
Coogan: Aiming for big screen success
Cats and Dogs is a mixture of live action and animation, starring Jeff Goldblum, and has now taken a total of more than 10.5m at British screens.

In it, humans are unaware of the top secret war, and Susan Sarandon, Alec Baldwin and Charlton Heston provide voices for the animals.

The Parole Officer was Coogan's first chance to make the transition from TV comedian to film funnyman - but despite being a hugely popular comic, his film only received a lukewarm reception.

In it, Coogan - best-known as small screen chat show host Alan Partridge - plays a failed parole officer who tries to clear his name after being implicated in a murder.

Final Fantasy
Final Fantasy boasts advanced graphics
The performance of Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within also failed to live up to expectations.

It has been hailed as one of the most advanced films ever, creating animated human figures who battle an invasion of alien phantoms.

Rush Hour 2 remains in second place in the chart, with the martial arts comedy taking more than 1.5m since Friday, according to Screen International.

Jurassic Park III has now made almost 14.7m in the UK, and stays at number three after four weeks on release.

Following in the huge footsteps of its two hit predecessors, it has taken $211.6m (149m) worldwide.

See also:

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06 Aug 01 | Film
Rush Hour 2 rumbles to top
31 Jul 01 | Reviews
Jurassic Park III lacks bite
06 Jul 01 | Film
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