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Wonka film remains on top in US
Freddie Highmore as Charlie Bucket in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
The film stars Freddie Highmore as Charlie Bucket
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has topped the US and Canada box office for a second week, taking an estimated $28.3m (16.2m) over the past weekend.

Starring Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka, the film has taken $114.1m (65.6m) at the North American box office so far.

The comedy Wedding Crashers remained in second place while The Fantastic Four stayed at number three, its US success continuing despite poor reviews.

Sci-fi thriller The Island, starring Ewan McGregor, entered at number four.

Disappointed

The film took $12.3m (7.0m) in its first three days. US distributor Dreamworks said it was "disappointed" by its takings.

"We can only hope the film finds its audience in the next few weeks," said Jim Tharp, Dreamworks head of distribution.

US AND CANADA TOP FIVE
1. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
2. Wedding Crashers
3. Fantastic Four
4. The Island
5. Bad News Bears
Source: Exhibitor Relations

The top five was completed by Bad News Bears, a remake of the 1976 sporting comedy, whichmade its debut at number five.

Other newcomers in the top 10 included the rap drama Hustle and Flow, and The Devil's Rejects, the sequel to the 2003 horror film House Of 1000 Corpses.

Meanwhile, War Of The Worlds has become the second biggest film of the year in the US, behind Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.

The Steven Spielberg blockbuster, based on the HG Wells classic and starring Tom Cruise, has taken $208.3m (118.7m) so far, while Star Wars has taken $376m (214m).


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