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Potter repels box office rivals

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is top of the box office for a third week

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince has held off competition from the animated guinea pigs of G-Force to stay top of the UK and Ireland box office.

The Potter film, at number one for a third week, took £2.92m, beating G-Force - which took £2.48m on its opening weekend - into second place.

The Taking of Pelham 123, starring Denzel Washington and John Travolta, debuted at number three with £1.78m.

The Proposal, starring Sandra Bullock, dropped two places to number four.

UK BOX OFFICE TOP FIVE
1. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - £2.92m
2. G-Force - £2.48m
3. The Taking of Pelham 123 - £1.78m
4. The Proposal - £1.49m
5. Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs - £1.14m
Source: Screen International

The romantic comedy, which also stars Ryan Reynolds, took £1.49m.

The top five was rounded out by Ice Age: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs which dropped two places and took £1.14m.

G-Force, a Disney live action and computer-generated animation, tells the tale of a trio of animated secret agent guinea pigs.

The Taking of Pelham 123 is a remake of the 1974 subway hijacking thriller.

Comedy Land of the Lost, with Will Ferrell, opened at number six with £642,568, while Coco Before Chanel debuted at number nine, taking £423,268.



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