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Thor thunders to top of UK box office chart

Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman in Thor
Image caption Former Home and Away star Chris Hemsworth (l) stars opposite Natalie Portman in Thor

Superhero movie Thor has stormed the UK and Ireland box office chart, taking pole position after its first weekend on release.

Kenneth Branagh's film took £3.1m in its opening weekend, making a further £2.3m from three days of previews.

Oscar winners Sir Anthony Hopkins and Natalie Portman star in the film about Marvel Comics' Norse god of thunder.

The fifth Fast and the Furious film, starring Vin Diesel, fell one place to two after topping the chart last week.

Fast Five - also known as Fast and Furious 5: Rio Heist - took £2.6m between Friday and Sunday, bringing its two-week takings to £11.2m.

Horror film Insidious was the second highest new entry at three with three-day takings of £1.4m.

Animated film Rio fell two places to four, while Russell Brand's Arthur remake fell two places to five after making its underwhelming debut last week.

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