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Megamind continues US box office chart reign

Brad Pitt with Megamind and Metro Man
Image caption Brad Pitt provides the voice for hero Metro Man in Megamind

Animated comedy Megamind has topped the North American box office chart for a second week, early figures show.

The film, which features the voices of Will Ferrell, Brad Pitt and Tina Fey, took $30m (£18.6m), bringing its two-week haul to nearly $90m (£56m).

Opening at number two was runaway train action thriller Unstoppable starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pine with $23.5m (£14.6m).

Robert Downey Jr comedy Due Date fell one place to three.

Among the weekend's other new releases, sci-fi thriller Skyline opened in fourth place with $11.7m (£7.3m) and Harrison Ford comedy Morning Glory rounded out the top five with $9.6m (£6m).

Hollywood.com analyst Paul Dergarabedian said Megamind's success was due to it being a rare family film in the current cinema market.

"Up until Megamind the marketplace was virtually devoid of any family films," he said.

"The R-rated films were dominating - you had Paranormal Activity 2, Saw 3-D, 'Jackass 3D. Then there was a plethora of adult-oriented dramas."

However next week sees the release of the highly anticipated Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, which is expected to knock Megamind from the top spot.

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