War movie spoof stays top of UK box office

Thu Oct 2, 2008 6:29am EDT
 
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LONDON (Reuters Life!) - "Tropic Thunder" clung on to top spot in the British box office rankings over the weekend, holding off the challenge of Liam Neeson in a killing rampage through Paris.

The Hollywood war movie satire, with Ben Stiller, Robert Downey Jr and Jack Black as actors lost on location in southeast Asia, took 1.34 million pounds ($2.37 million), according to Screen International.

"Taken" came in at No. 2 with Neeson as an action man forced to come out of retirement and spill blood after his daughter is kidnapped.

Al Pacino and Robert De Niro were new at three in "Righteous Kill," as veteran cops on the trail of a serial killer.

"Death Race," with Jason Statham as a convict forced to compete an auto race where the only object is to stay alive, came in at four, one place above Abba-themed musical Mamma Mia! which was down from second place.

"The Women," with Meg Ryan and Annette Bening, were down three at six while "The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas," slipped from six to seven.

"The Duchess," an 18th century costume drama starring Keira Knightley, was down three at eight.

Ninth was drug-addled comedy "Pineapple Express," down five places, while "Disaster Movie," a comedy spoof from the team behind "Scary Movie" and "Meet the Spartans," fell two places to No. 10.

(Editing by Paul Casciato)

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