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Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa tops the UK box office

Steve Coogan in Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa
Image caption Alan's radio station becomes the centre of an armed siege in the film

Alan Partridge film Alpha Papa has topped the UK box office in its opening weekend, according to early figures.

The critically acclaimed comedy, which opened on 7 August, has made £2.17m so far in ticket sales.

The film is the first big screen outing for the comedy creation of Steve Coogan and Armando Iannucci.

Details of the rest of the UK box office will be released later. Comedy Grown Ups 2 and The Lone Ranger were also released at the weekend.

A statement released on behalf of the fictional Norfolk DJ said: "Now is not a time for gloating or celebration, more a time for healing old wounds, a time to say 'let us join together in thanks that I am number one at the box office'. Hallelujah."

The film, which has gained four and five star reviews, had its premiere in Norwich after an online campaign by fans.

The character of Alan Partridge first appeared on Radio 4's On the Hour more than 20 years ago.

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