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Budapest Hotel gets good reception at UK cinemas

Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton and Saoirse Ronan as they appear in The Grand Budapest Hotel Image copyright Film company
Image caption Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton and Saoirse Ronan as they appear in The Grand Budapest Hotel

Wes Anderson's quirky comedy The Grand Budapest Hotel has risen to the top of the UK and Ireland box office chart on its third weekend on release.

The period romp, in which Ralph Fiennes plays a resourceful hotel manager, made £1.26m between Friday and Sunday.

The film, which also features Anderson regulars Bill Murray and Owen Wilson, has made more than £6m since it made its debut on 7 March.

Last week's top title, action movie Need for Speed, fell one space to two.

The video game-inspired racing film earned just short of £1m in its second weekend in UK and Irish cinemas.

With The Lego Movie, 300 sequel Rise of an Empire and Liam Neeson's airborne thriller Non-Stop rounding out the top five, the highest new entry could only muster a sixth-place debut.

That honour was claimed by critically acclaimed prison drama Starred Up, which chalked up first weekend takings of £495,181 from its 316 locations.

That was more than A Long Way Down could manage, the Nick Hornby novel adaptation earning just £361,901 despite playing on 47 more screens.

Pierce Brosnan and Toni Collette star in the suicide-based comedy alongside rising star Imogen Poots and Need for Speed's Aaron Paul.

Kate Winslet's presence in Labor Day made little impression on UK and Irish cinemagoers, who were only prepared to spend £278,726 on tickets for Jason Reitman's hostage-themed romance.

Buddy comedy Ride Along is ranked ninth in this week's chart, with animated adventure Mr Peabody & Sherman completing the Top 10 with a seventh-weekend tally of £198,623.

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