Star Trek Into Darkness stuns UK box office chart

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Star Trek Into Darkness has opened at the top of the UK box office chart, knocking last week's top film Iron Man 3 down to second place.

JJ Abrams' 3D sci-fi sequel took £8.4 million between Thursday and Sunday, beating the £6m its predecessor earned in its debut weekend in 2009.

The latest instalment in Marvel's Iron Man series added £3.2m to its earnings in its third weekend in cinemas.

Its overall UK takings now stand at just over £31m.

Wreck-It Ralph continued to perform well, also for Disney, adding a further £49,000 to its UK total.

The 3D animation has now taken £23.5m after 13 weeks in cinemas in the UK and Ireland.

UK & IRELAND BOX OFFICE TOP FIVE

  1. Star Trek Into Darkness - £8.43m
  2. Iron Man 3 - £3.18m
  3. 21 and Over - £0.58m
  4. All Stars - £0.49m
  5. The Croods - £0.38m

Source: Rentrak

US comedy 21 and Over claimed third place in the chart with second weekend takings of £581,000, while dance movie All Stars added £498,000 to its first week's tally.

The Croods moved back into the top five, taking a further £384,000. The animated comedy has now grossed more than £25m in the UK and Ireland.

Action thriller Olympus Has Fallen follows it at six, while at seven new release Mud took an impressive £237,000 from just 71 locations.

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