The UK/Ireland box office discovered an Enemy At The Gates at the weekend (March 16-18) as Pathe's epic Stalingrad drama besieged the chart, claiming the top position previously held by the seemingly unconquerable Hannibal. The film, which stars Jude Law, Joseph Fiennes and Oscar nominee Ed Harris took $1,478,060 (£1,033,164) from 356 sites for a strong site average of $4,152.Although the Pathe film was joined in the chart by BVI's Thirteen Days it was Metro Tartan's multi-genre Japanese film Audition that caught attention amongst the weekend's openers. Showing at just six sites the film, directed by Miike Takashi, pulled in the highest site average ($4,745) in the UK, taking $28,469 (£19,900) in three-days.
However Momentum Pictures' Ireland-only release of When Brendan Met Trudy still held the best average in the chart ($5,404) chalking up $162,113 (£113,317) from 30 sites bringing its 10-day total to an impressive $496,937.Momentum had further cause to celebrate as The Adventures Of Rocky And Bullwinkle has become their most successful release ever in the UK. The live action/animation mix remains in the top ten after six weeks on release and has taken $5,672,701 (nearly £4m) to date. This tops their previously best earner, the Coen brothers' O Brother, Where Art Thou' which is also still bringing in returns after 27 weeks on release. The George Clooney starrer has earned $4,622,496 so far.Thirteen Days managed to take the seventh position with receipts of $473,279 (£330,822) off 227 sites for an average of $2,085. No other openers made the chart largely due to limited releases. Among the others Malena and Last Resort showed most strength. Malena managed $60,896 (£42,566) from 15 sites and an impressive average of $4,060. Last Resort, directed by Pawel Pawlikowski (winner of the BAFTA award for most promising newcomer to British film), also had an impressive average ($3,966) taking $27,758 (£19,403) from just 7 sites.The top five was rounded out by Chocolat, which maintained second position, Hannibal dropping 49% from the previous weekend to land in third place, The Gift at four and The Emperor's New Groove.