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Tuesday, 21 August, 2001, 16:01 GMT 17:01 UK
Apes swing in to number one
Planet Of The Apes
Planet Of The Apes is directed by Tim Burton
Planet Of The Apes has stormed straight to the top of the UK box office in its first weekend.

The science fiction adventure, starring Mark Wahlberg, Tim Roth and Helena Bonham Carter, earned more than £5m in its first three days as it opened in 446 cinemas across the UK.

UK box office
1. Planet Of The Apes
2. Cats and Dogs
3. Rush Hour 2
4. Jurassic Park III
5. Shrek
Source: Screen International
Planet of the Apes also pushed last week's number one, Cats and Dogs, down to the number two spot.

The tale of animals fighting a high-tech espionage war earned £1.7m over the weekend.

Rush Hour 2 and Jurassic Park III both dropped one place to third and fourth respectively.

Rush Hour 2, starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker, is the follow-up to the duo's first Rush Hour cop comedy and earned £979,000 over the weekend.

Rush Hour II
Rush Hour II went to the top of US charts
Jurassic Park III follows in the footsteps of its two hit predecessors by focusing once more on a group of humans being chased around a remote island by pre-historic monsters.

This time the film is directed by Joe Johnston rather than Steven Spielberg.

Jurassic Park III grossed £616,000.

Shrek, the animated tale of a green ogre and a beautiful princess, is at number five, grossing £604,000.

Comedian Steve Coogan's first major film, The Parole Officer, has slipped back from five to six, earning £508,000.

Steve Coogan in The Parole Officer
Coogan: Aiming for big screen success
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.

The Parole Officer is Coogan's first attempt to make the transition from TV comedian to film funnyman.

Despite his popularity as a comic, the film's critical reception has been lukewarm.

In the lower reaches of the charts are two Bollywood films, Yeh Raaste Hein Pyar Ke and Dil Chanta Hai at positions 11 and 12 respectively.

The films have achieved chart positions despite being shown at only a small number of outlets - just 16, in the case of Dil Chanta Hai.

See also:

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Planet of the Apes: Your views
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Return to Planet of the Apes
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14 Aug 01 | Film
Stars attend Apes UK première
14 Aug 01 | Film
Cats and Dogs digs claws in
10 Aug 01 | Reviews
Coogan's out on Parole
08 Aug 01 | Film
Coogan's back - but on Parole
06 Aug 01 | Film
Rush Hour 2 rumbles to top
31 Jul 01 | Reviews
Jurassic Park III lacks bite
06 Jul 01 | Film
UK box office in 'slump'
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