20th Century Fox's Bedazzled found room to shine in the UK over the weekend, snagging the number one spot with $1.6m (£1.1m) including previews. Starring Brendan Fraser and local starlet Elizabeth Hurley, the comedy took a site average of $4,862 (£3,380). The result meant a one-two for Fox, with number two title What Lies Beneath dropping off only 21% four weeks into its run.
Beneath took $1.44m (£1m) in three days for a site average of $4,028 (£2,800). The Harrison Ford-Michelle Pfeiffer thriller's cumulative UK gross is now $13.4m (£9.3m).
UIP came in at three and four, including $1.29m (£900,000) for third-placed title Pitch Black, the week's second highest opener. Positive reviews often wondered what had taken the sci-fi so long to land in cinemas, its course to the big screen apparently delayed by Universal's decision to re-route Universal Pictures International titles through UIP.
At number four UIP had low-budget UK hit Billy Elliot, which dropped off only 12% in its seventh week. With a three-day gross of $951,282 (£661,306) on 322 sites, the great British hope now has a cumulative gross of $20m (£14m).
The other two top 15 openers failed to shine: Buena Vista International's The Kid took $552,153 (£383,842) for a site average of $1,803 (£1,254), while FilmFour's The Yards came in with $159,264 (£110,716) for a site average of $2,844 (£1,977).