"Wolverine" roars to top of UK box office

Tue May 5, 2009 3:17pm EDT
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LONDON (Reuters Life!) - The latest instalment in the "X-Men" franchise went straight to the top of the British box office on Tuesday after weekend takings far in excess of its nearest rivals, Screen International said on Tuesday.

"X-Men Origins: Wolverine," starring Hugh Jackman, took 6.7 million pounds ($10.11 million) in its opening three days, way ahead of "Hannah Montana: The Movie" which was in second spot.

The Walt Disney film, with teen actress Miley Cyrus reprising her TV series role as a schoolgirl by day and a pop star by night, managed 2 million pounds on its debut.

Last week's chart-topper, the political thriller "State of Play" featuring Russell Crowe and Helen Mirren, dropped to third ahead of romantic comedy "The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past" which debuted in fourth place.

Teen comedy "17 Again," which sees Matthew Perry as a middle-aged man morphing into Zac Efron as his former 17-year-old self, dropped to fifth ahead of family animation "Monsters Vs Aliens."

Car-chase thriller "Fast and Furious" with Vin Diesel fell to seventh, with "I Love You, Man," a romantic comedy with Paul Rudd looking for a cool buddy, also dropping to eighth.

Armando Iannucci's political satire "In the Loop" fell to ninth while horror thriller "The Uninvited" was in tenth.

(Reporting by Michael Holden, Editing by Paul Casciato)