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Monsters mash up UK cinema chart

A scene from Monsters vs. Aliens
Ginormica is voiced by actress Reese Witherspoon

Animated film Monsters vs Aliens has gone straight to the top of the UK and Ireland box office film chart, taking £4.3m on its opening weekend.

The Dreamworks film, which pits classic film monsters against beings from outer space, beat British comedy The Boat That Rocked into second place.

The Richard Curtis film, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Rhys Ifans, took £1.8m in its opening weekend.

Last week's number one, Knowing, starring Nicolas Cage, is at three.

1. Monsters vs Aliens - £4.3m
2. The Boat That Rocked - £1.8m
3. Knowing - £968,664
4. Marley & Me - £822,367
5. The Haunting In Connecticut - £753,130
Source: Screen International

Monsters vs Aliens features the voices of Reese Witherspoon, Seth Rogan and Kiefer Sutherland.

It was released just in time for the British Easter school holidays, with a 3D version showing at cinemas with dedicated 3D screens.

Dog drama Marley and Me fell from two places to four, while The Haunting in Connecticut fell from third to fifth place.

Paul Blart: Mall Cop is in sixth place ahead of The Damned United - based on a book about Brian Clough's 44-day reign as coach of Leeds United - which fell two places to number seven.

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