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Paddington gets bear hug from UK cinema audiences

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Image caption Paddington has received largely warm reviews from the critics

Family adventure Paddington, about the marmalade-loving bear made famous by Michael Bond's series of books, has topped the UK box office chart after its first weekend in cinemas.

Paul King's movie about a loveable bear who travels to London took £5.1m between Friday and Sunday.

The film stars Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Peter Capaldi and Nicole Kidman, as a villainous taxidermist.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 dropped down to second place.

The latest instalment in Jennifer Lawrence's fantasy franchise took £4.9m in its second weekend, having scored the biggest UK debut of the year a week ago.

Image caption Hockney opened up his personal archive for the first time for the feature-length documentary

The Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch slipped one place to number three.

The second highest new entry was comedy sequel Horrible Bosses 2 at four.

The comedy sequel, which sees Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day and Jennifer Aniston reprise their roles from the 2011 original, took £1.26m between Friday and Sunday.

Christopher Nolan's Interstellar rounds out the top five in its fourth week on the UK chart.

Exactly a year after it was first released in the UK, Frozen re-enters the box office top 10 following the release of a sing-along version.

Disney's Oscar-winning animation claims the number seven spot with £177,859, receipts that took its total UK and Ireland box office total to just under £41m.

A feature-length documentary about the life of artist David Hockney makes its debut at eight with box office receipts of £161,163.

The film, simply titled Hockney, will be shown on the BBC in 2015.

UK and Ireland box office
1. Paddington - £5.12m
2. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 - £4.91m
3. The Imitation Game - £1.42m
4. Horrible Bosses 2 - £1.26m
5. Interstellar - £1.16m

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