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Strong UK opening for Spider-Man
Still from Spider-Man 3
Spider-Man 3 has already broken box office records in Asia

Spider-Man 3 has notched up one of the highest-ever openings at the UK box office, despite mixed reviews.

The film, starring Tobey Maguire, took 11.8m, twice the opening weekend take of recent big-grossing hit Hot Fuzz.

Bridge to Terabithia, about two lonely children who create an imaginary world, was in second with 1m.

Last week's chart topper Next, starring Nicholas Cage, fell to three with 0.4m, while road trip movie Wild Hogs also fell two places with 0.36m.

UK AND IRELAND TOP FIVE
1. Spider-Man 3 - 11.8m
2.Bridge to Terabithia - 1m (including previews)
3. Next - 0.4m
4. Wild Hogs - 0.4m
5. Fracture - 0.33m
Source: Screen International

Courtroom drama Fracture, which has spent three weeks on the chart, rounded out the top five with box office receipts of 0.33m.

Former chart topper Mr Bean's Holiday, starring Rowan Atkinson as the hapless Mr Bean, made it six weeks in the chart at number six. It has taken a total of 21.1m so far.

Down two, at seven, was comedy Blades of Glory, with Will Ferrell and Jon Heder as a pair of rival figure skaters.

Eighth, also down two, was Alpha Dog with Justin Timberlake and Sharon Stone in a tale of teenage would-be gangsters from California.

Up two at nine was This is England the tale of an 11-year-old skinhead and an older neo-Nazi gang in the 1980s.

Tenth, down three places, was The Painted Veil - the story of a young English couple in the 1920s who find an unexpected chance of happiness during a journey to China.




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