March 15, 2011 / 3:41 PM / 8 years ago

Alien invasion movie tops UK box office chart

LONDON (Reuters) - “Battle: Los Angeles” topped the British box office chart over the weekend, ending the brief reign of Johnny Depp’s Wild West chameleon.

The story of a group of U.S. Marines defending the city from other-worldly beings, made 1.79 million pounds ($2.89 million) on its debut, according to Screen International Tuesday.

The voices of Depp and Isla Fisher in the animated “Rango” were pushed down to No. 2, while Liam Neeson as a botanist in search of his own stolen identity in “Unknown” stayed at three.

“The Adjustment Bureau,” with Matt Damon as a man trying to avoid the future fate has planned for him, dropped two spots to fourth.

Owen Wilson in extra-marital romp “Hall Pass” was new at five, just above Oscar-garlanded royal biopic “The King’s Speech” which dropped a place to sixth.

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost in alien sci-fi caper “Paul” were down three at seven, with “Gnomeo and Juliet” slipping to eight from six.

“Fair Game” with Naomi Watts and Sean Penn in a conspiracy thriller based on the outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame in the run-up to the Iraq war came in at nine, with “West is West” down a place at 10.

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