"How to Lose Friends..." tops British box office

Tue Oct 7, 2008 8:16am EDT
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LONDON (Reuters Life!) - The film of journalist Toby Young's clumsy real-life attempts to fit in at style magazine "Vanity Fair" topped the British box office after its opening weekend, according to Screen International.

"How to Lose Friends and Alienate People," with Simon Pegg in the lead role, took 1.15 million pounds ($2.01 million), just keeping Liam Neeson and "Taken" down in second spot.

Neeson's portrayal of an action man forced out of retirement by the kidnap of his daughter, took 1.09 million pounds.

Last week's chart-topper, war movie satire "Tropic Thunder" with Ben Stiller, Robert Downey Jr. and Jack Black, was down in third place.

Back up one place at four was Abba-themed musical "Mamma Mia!" which has now taken a huge 67 million pounds in its 13-week UK Top 10 run.

"Death Race," with Jason Statham in a deadly auto showdown, slipped a place to five while "The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas" was up at six from seven.

Biggest fallers of the week were Al Pacino and Robert De Niro in cop drama "Righteous Kill" which slumped four places to No. 7.

"Brideshead Revisited," the latest adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's 1945 novel came in at eight, while the 3D animated children's feature "Fly Me to the Moon" was new at nine.

At 10, down four places, was "The Women," with Meg Ryan and Annette Bening.

(Editing by Paul Casciato)

($1=.5733 Pound)