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Tintin holds off Justin Timberlake challenge

Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried in a scene from In Time
Image caption Justin Timberlake appears with Amanda Seyfried (r) in the thriller In Time

Steven Spielberg's Tintin film has held onto the top spot in the UK and Ireland box office chart, defying a challenge from Justin Timberlake's movie In Time.

On its second weekend on release, CGI animation The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn made £2.19m.

Timberlake's thriller made £1.88m - a total that includes takings from three days of previews.

Ben Stiller comedy Tower Heist was a new entry at third in this week's chart with returns of £1.45m.

That total also includes takings from previews, with Brett Ratner's film having opened in UK cinemas last Wednesday.

Another new release, Gerard Butler's fact-based drama Machine Gun Preacher, also made its debut on 2 November.

Its early start did little to boost its performance, as the film - about a former biker who builds an orphanage in east Africa - made its debut in 10th position.

Tintin, In Time and Tower Heist were the only releases this week to make more than £1m in UK and Ireland cinemas.

The rest of this week's Top 5 has a familiar ring, being rounded out by sequels to supernatural spine-tingler Paranormal Activity and spy spoof Johnny English.

Best known as a singer, Timberlake has recently appeared in films includingThe Social Network and Friends with Benefits.

In Time sees him playing a man living in a futuristic society where units of time, not money, are used as currency.

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