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Tuesday, 11 September, 2001, 13:13 GMT 14:13 UK
Moulin Rouge tops UK film chart
Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge
Moulin Rouge: Breathing life into the film musical
Official box office returns have confirmed Moulin Rouge's flying start in the UK.

The musical took £2.4m in its first weekend, taking it to number one in the box office chart.

Spoof horror movie Scary Movie 2 took £1.5m - also in its first weekend - followed in third place by A Knight's Tale which earned £1m in its second weekend.

UK box office top 10
1. Moulin Rouge
2. Scary Movie 2
3. A Knight's Tale
4. Planet Of The Apes
5. Cats & Dogs
6. Heartbreakers
7. Rush Hour 2
8. Shrek
9. Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles
10. Jurassic Park 3
Two recent British films have fallen out of the top 10.

Lucky Break, by The Full Monty director Peter Cattaneo, has dropped to number 12, and Steve Coogan's The Parole Officer has dropped to number 14.

Moulin Rouge's UK debut follows success in the US and Australia, despite a lukewarm critical reception at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year.

The film opened in the UK on Friday after a royal première on 3 September attended by Prince Charles.


Can-can dancers
Can-can dancers performed at the UK royal première
Moulin Rouge, directed by Australian Baz Luhrmann, stars Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor, and has a cameo appearance from Kidman's fellow Antipodean, pop singer Kylie Minogue.

It was shot almost entirely at the Fox Studios in Sydney.

In May it broke records in Australia, including the record for the box office take in a film's first day - held for 13 years by Paul Hogan's Crocodile Dundee II.

The film, which incorporates contemporary pop hits in a late 19th Century Parisian narrative, is the third part of Baz Luhrmann's Red Curtain trilogy - which includes Strictly Ballroom and William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.

Nicole Kidman and Ewen McGregor
Kidman and McGregor attended the UK première
A song from the film soundtrack, Lady Marmalade, has been an international chart hit.

At the UK royal première, Kidman commented: "It was so much fun. It was one of those films you make that you are seriously sad to finish.

"When will I ever get to do a musical again?"

See also:

07 Sep 01 | Reviews
Moulin Rouge: Your views
03 Sep 01 | Oscars 2002
Marvellous Moulin Rouge
10 May 01 | Film
Muted reviews for Moulin Rouge
09 May 01 | Film
Can-can kickstarts Cannes
09 May 01 | Oscars 2002
Kidman sets Cannes in motion
16 Nov 99 | Entertainment
Kidman's broken rib halts Moulin
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