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Tuesday, 10 September, 2002, 11:52 GMT 12:52 UK
Bourne Identity grabs top spot
The Bourne Identity
The film is based on a Robert Ludlum thriller
Matt Damon thriller The Bourne Identity has entered the UK and Ireland box office chart at number one, taking more than 2m in its first three days.

The film - which its star said was too violent for its 12A rating - pushed Insomnia, which earned 839,500, down to number two in the chart.

UK/Ireland top 5
1) The Bourne Identity
2) Insomnia
3) The Guru
4) The Importance of Being Earnest
5) Men In Black II
Source:
Screen International
The 12A rating allows children younger than 12 to see a film if accompanied by an adult.

It appears to have benefited Spider-Man, which is being promoted again with the new classification and re-entered the charts at number nine.

The Guru, starring Jimi Mistry, is at number three with earnings of 655,000.

Also new in the chart is The Importance of Being Earnest, an all-star version of the classic Oscar Wilde play.

Critical reception

The Oliver Parker film, which stars Colin Firth, Rupert Everett and Dame Judi Dench, appears to have survived a poor critical reception to debut at number four, earning 553,000.

Spider-Man
Spider-Man has climbed back into the charts after re-classification
At five is Men In Black II, followed by The Sweetest Thing, Spy Kids 2: The Island Of Lost Dreams and Reign Of Fire.

At number 10 is the third of Mike Myers' Austin Powers films, Goldmember.

Anglo-German co-production Once Upon A Time In The Midlands has entered the chart at number 15.

Billed as a "tinned spaghetti Western", the film stars Robert Carlyle, Rhys Ifans, Kathy Burke and Ricky Tomlinson and transplants a Western-style storyline to a working-class milieu in the West Midlands.

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