Columbia TriStar's explosive blockbuster Bad Boys II crashed onto UK screens last weekend to hijack the top spot with an impressive $5.3m (£3.2m) from 383 sites. This included $700,338 (£420,203) of previews from 350 sites on Thursday Oct 2.
The sequel, which re-teams stars Martin Lawrence and Will Smith with director Michael Bay following the 1995 original which launched all of their film careers into the stratosphere, scored a site average of $13,817.
The result means Bad Boys II should easily surpass the original Bad Boys' total UK/Ireland gross of $8.5 (£5.1m) by the close of its second weekend. Bad Boys opened to $1.4m (£866,215) on June 16, 1995 at 299 locations.
Local smash Calendar Girls continued to laugh off the competition, dropping a mere 20% in its fourth week on wide release for a stellar $21.1m (£12.6m). Meanwhile Stephen Fry's directorial debut Bright Young Things saw a solid $545,488 (£327,293) launch on 192 sites.
BVI's Finding Nemo opened in an exclusive digital presentation at London's Odeon Leicester Square and Manchester's UCI Filmworks to take a massive $254,655 (£152,793) from the two screens. The Pixar animated hit goes wide across the UK and Ireland on 950 prints from Friday (Oct 10).
Eros International scored another Bollywood hit with Baghban. After the failure of last week's Mumbai Matinee Eros bounced back with an impressive $203,547 (£122,128) off 29 locations. The film claimed 13th place in the chart and a powerful average of $7,019.
In the horror stakes Freddy Vs Jason's Republic Of Ireland launch on 40 screens through Abbey Films for Entertainment Film Distributors took it back into the UK/Ireland top 20. Playing at 43 locations including three still playing in the UK the film climbed 2,243% from the previous week to take $81,232 (£48,739) for a UK/Ireland cumulative score of $4.4m (£2.7m).
This put it ahead of new horror release House Of 1,000 Corpses from Tartan Films. Rock group White Zombie's front man Rob Zombie made his directorial debut on the low budget shlock horror but could only make $70,085 (£42,051) from 42 locations over the weekend for a paltry average of $1,669 and a position just outside the top 20.