July 5, 2011 / 2:25 PM / 8 years ago

Transformers take UK box office by storm

Cast member Shia LaBeouf arrives for the premiere of "Transformers: Dark of The Moon" in Times Square in New York June 28, 2011. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

LONDON (Reuters) - Action adventure movie “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” shot to top of the UK box office on its debut weekend with one of the highest opening takes of the year, pushing “Bridesmaids” down to second place.

The film, which centers around a secret spacecraft on the Moon and stars Shia LaBeouf, took 10.73 million pounds ($17.15 million) over the three-day weekend, far ahead of the 2.01 million taken by Bridesmaids, according to Screen International on Tuesday.

Martial arts cartoon comedy “Kung Fu Panda 2” was down one at No.3, while school comedy “Bad Teacher” starring Cameron Diaz was at four for a second week.

New release “Larry Crowne,” a romantic comedy starring Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts, was at five, with lads’ comedy “The Hangover Part II” down one at six.

Superhero “Green Lantern” fell four to seventh spot, just above “X-Men: First Class” which slipped two places to eight.

Bollywood comedy “Delhi Belly” came in at nine with “Pirates of the Caribbean: Stranger Tides” falling three places to 10.

($1 = 0.626 British Pounds)

Reporting by Sarah Metcalf; Editing by Steve Addison and Paul Casciato

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