War film spoof "Tropic Thunder" tops UK box office

Tue Sep 23, 2008 8:38am EDT
 
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LONDON (Reuters Life!) - Hollywood war movie satire "Tropic Thunder" topped the UK film charts after its opening weekend, keeping "Mamma Mia!" down in second place for yet another week.

Starring Ben Stiller, Robert Downey Jr and Jack Black as a group of actors lost on location while filming a southeast Asian war epic, Tropic Thunder took 2.48 million pounds, according to Screen International.

The Abba-themed musical Mamma Mia! has now been 11 weeks in the UK charts, mostly in second or third place, and has taken 60.1 million pounds but has yet to reach the top spot.

At three, up one, was "The Women," with Meg Ryan and Annette Bening in a tale of gossip and bonding while last week's chart-topper, the drug-addled comedy "Pineapple Express," was down in fourth spot.

"The Duchess," an 18th century costume drama starring Keira Knightley, was unchanged at five.

At six, up two places, was "The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas," the acclaimed tale of the young son of a Nazi officer who makes an unlikely friend at a concentration camp.

Director Guy Ritchie's latest gangster flick "RocknRolla" was the week's biggest faller, down at seven from three. "Disaster Movie," a comedy spoof from the team behind "Scary Movie" and "Meet the Spartans," was down one at eight.

Family feud comedy "Step Brothers," with Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly, fell three places to nine while "The Strangers," a thriller starring Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman, was down one at 10.

(Editing by Paul Casciato)

 
<p>Actor Ben Stiller poses for media to promote his latest film "Tropic Thunder"in Berlin, September 15, 2008. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke</p>