Five new openers launched into the UK chart this week but were unable to make much impact on the box office of chart leader Star Wars: Episode II - Attack Of The Clones.
The most impressive of this week's debutantes was Eros International's latest Bollywood release, Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam. The romantic drama grossed a mighty $354,191 (£242,975) off just 28 sites - a site average of $12,650 - and landed in seventh position. The film, which stars Shahrukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit and Atul Agnihotri, is the highest opening ever in the UK for a Bollywood film handled by Eros and the third highest Bollywood opening ever in the country, behind last year's K3G ($690,022 from 41 sites) and 2000's Mohabbatein ($359,137 from 26 sites) - both distributed by Yash Raj Films.
The highest placed opener of the week was Columbia TriStar teen comedy spoof, Not Another Teen Movie, in third. With an impressive three-day opening of $926,829 (£635,805) from 223 sites, an average of $4,156, the film clearly found an audience that were happy to see another teen movie. The comedy spoofs films from '80s 'classics' The Breakfast Club and Pretty In Pink to more recent hits She's All That, American Pie and American Beauty, but may find its audience diminished next week with the opening of UIP's Josh Hartnett gross-out title 40 Days And 40 Nights.
Less impressive openings were recorded for a string of titles. UK children's title Thunderpants, distributed by Pathe, managed fifth position but with a weak site average. Opening at 356 sites the film, which stars Rupert Grint (better known as Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter series), claimed $628,153 (£430,913) - an average of $1,764.
In tenth position 20th Century Fox's Bruce Willis starrer Hart's War scraped in just $188,752 (£129,484) from 170 sites for an average of $1,110. Equally insubstantial was Warner Bros Jim Carrey title The Majestic. Directed by The Shawshank Redemption's Frank Darabont, the film took $57,640 (£39,541) from 52 sites for an average of $1,108. Both films suffered from poor reviews and followed lacklustre performances in the US.
Playing better on limited releases were Pathe's Read My Lips (Sur Mes Levres) and Columbia's Pollock. Read My Lips landed 14th place in the chart with $72,173 (£49,511) from 18 sites and a strong average of $4,010. Scoring a similar average, Pollock (which won an Academy Award 14 months ago for supporting actress Marcia Gay Harden) was unplaced but grossed $56,195 (£38,550) from 14 sites - an average of $4,014. Pollock is directed by and stars Ed Harris.
Holding the top spot again, and likely to remain there until Columbia opens Spider-Man on June 14, Star Wars: Episode II - Attack Of The Clones dropped off just 34% from its opening weekend. With a three-day weekend of $8.7m (£5.96m) at 468 sites the fantasy adventure scored a massive $18,549 average and brought its 11-day tally to $31.2m
Rounding out the top five were second placed About A Boy from UIP; which fell just 18% from its previous weekend and has grossed $20.3m in the UK, and Columbia's Panic Room at four, which has taken $10.2m to date.