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Avatar returns to top of UK film chart

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Sci-fi blockbuster Avatar has climbed back to the top of the UK film chart, becoming 2010's first number one movie.

James Cameron's epic took £5.9m, while Christmas chart-topper Alvin and the Chipmunks fell to third place.

The new incarnation of Sherlock Holmes moved up one place to second spot, while Hugh Grant comedy Did You Hear About The Morgans? was new at four.

Avatar has made history by becoming the fastest picture ever to achieve $1bn in worldwide box office returns.

It was also the most popular film over Christmas in the US.

UK BOX OFFICE TOP FIVE
Did You Hear About The Morgans?
1 Avatar - £5.9m
2 Sherlock Holmes - £3.4m
3 Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Squeakuel - £2.4m
4 Did You Hear About The Morgans? (pictured) - £1.1m
5 Nine - £780,255
Source: Screen Daily

Back in the latest UK chart, seasonal releases A Christmas Carol and Nativity! lost their sheen, both dropping out of the top 10.

Musical extravaganza Nine and comedy caper St Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's Gold swapped places to come in at five and six respectively.

Indian movie 3 Idiots and John Lennon biopic Nowhere Boy filled the seventh and eighth spots, while Twilight: New Moon held steady at nine.

The vampire film is the longest running move in the top 10 after notching up seven weeks and has taken more than £26m, behind Avatar's £32m performance to date.

Animated alien adventure Planet 51 climbed up four places to number 10 on the year's first box office rundown.



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