Entertainment & Arts

Croods retains top spot at UK box office

The Croods
Image caption The Croods discover an amazing new world after fleeing their cave

Caveman cartoon The Croods has topped the UK and Ireland box office chart for a second successive week.

The Dreamworks animated feature about a prehistoric family who are forced to abandon their cave pulled in £3.3m between Friday and Sunday.

The Croods easily held off Bruce Willis' action figure-inspired sequel GI Joe: Retaliation, which debuted at number two with £2.8m.

Danny Boyle's Trance is third after taking £1.6m in its opening week.

The thriller stars Rosario Dawson as a hypnotherapist attempting to help James McAvoy's amnesiac art thief remember where he hid a stolen masterpiece.

The Croods, which features the voices of Nicolas Cage and Emma Stone, started out in 2005 as a co-production with British animators Aardman, scripted by Monty Python's John Cleese.

Dreamworks took over the project - originally titled Crood Awakening - when Aardman's five-film deal was curtailed after just two productions with the US studio.

Elsewhere, other new releases in the top 10 include US science fiction film The Host, a new entry at number five with £991,000, and Finding Nemo 3D, which took £265,000 to claim the number nine spot.

Wreck It Ralph finally slipped out of the top 10, but the arcade-based animation has now taken £22.6m since its release eight weeks ago.

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