September 15, 2009 / 2:13 PM / 10 years ago

South African aliens top UK box office for second week

LONDON (Reuters Life!) - South African sci-fi movie “District 9” topped the UK box office for a second week after none of the new releases in Britain managed to top the million-pound mark over the weekend.

The story of a malnourished alien race transferred to a Johannesburg ghetto earned 1.1 million pounds ($1.8 million), according to Screen International, and kept horror movie “The Final Destination” down in second place.

“Dorian Gray,” the latest adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s story of the young man who sells his soul to stay young, came in at three but made only 883,148 pounds.

Eighties horror-slasher update “Sorority Row” was new at four, just above “(500) days of Summer,” a romantic boy-meets-girl comedy which slipped from three to five.

Meryl Streep and Amy Adams made their debut at six with the culinary-themed comedy drama “Julie & Julia” while Quentin Tarantino’s World War Two revenge film “Inglorious Basterds” fell three places to seven.

“Aliens in the Attic,” featuring kids fighting off knee-high invaders, slipped two places to eight, and Adam Sandler as a comedian learning to live with cancer in “Funny People” was down four places to nine.

Disney’s “Adventureland” came in at 10 with the story of a college graduate finding work and fulfillment in his local amusement park.

London newsroom

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