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Connolly squirrel film tops chart
Boog the bear and Elliot the mule deer, from the film Open Season
Open Season is the first film from the Sony Pictures animation unit
An animated comedy which features Billy Connolly as the leader of a group of angry squirrels has debuted at number one at the North American box office.

Open Season took an estimated $23m (12.2m) on its opening weekend, with the comedian playing McSquizzy, who barks orders in a Scottish accent.

Kevin Costner's action thriller The Guardian entered in second place, generating $17.7m (9.5m).

And last week's leader, Jackass: Number Two, fell to third with $14m (7.5m).

The third new entry in the top 10 was School for Scoundrels, in fourth place.

1. Open Season ($23m)
2. The Guardian ($17.7m)
3. Jackass: Number Two ($14m)
4. School for Scoundrels ($9.1m)
5. Fearless ($4.7m)
6. Gridiron Gang ($4.5m)
7. The Illusionist ($2.8m)
8. Flyboys ($2.3m)
9. The Black Dahlia ($2.1m)
10. Little Miss Sunshine ($2m)

Source: Exhibitor Relations

It features Billy Bob Thornton in the tale of a man who is desperately trying to build his confidence.

Jet Li's martial arts drama Fearless completes the top five, falling three places to number five.

Open Season sees celebrities Martin Lawrence, Ashton Kutcher and Debra Messing playing a grizzly bear, a mule deer and a forest ranger respectively.

The talking animal characters are in danger and must find a safe place to stay because the start of the hunting season is close.

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