While the top three performers at the UK box office remained unchanged this weekend four new releases managed to make some impact on their opening weekend.
Leading the pack was Pathe Distribution's The Hole. The UK-produced thriller, based on the cult novel 'After The Hole' by Guy Burt, took a strong $970,860 (£673,777) from 322 sites for a per screen average of $3,014. The 15 classified teen-thriller, set in a British private school and starring Thora Birch, hot off American Beauty, provided a popular alternative to Bridget Jones's Diary and kids flicks Spy Kids and Rugrats In Paris claiming fourth chart position.
Also performing well were Entertainment's One Night At McCool's and Columbia TriStar's The Tailor Of Panama which took sixth and seventh positions respectively. McCool's, a black comedy starring Liv Tyler and Matt Dillon, managed $560,916 (£389,276) from 213 sites. Tailor, based on John Le Carre's novel, claimed best site average of the week with an impressive $411,193 (£285,925) recorded from just 113 sites, an average of $3,638. Meanwhile, Icon's The Contender under-performed taking just $235,115 (£163,170) from 152 sites for an average $1,546. The political thriller, nominated for two Oscars earlier in the year, grabbed the last position in the top ten.
At the top of the chart Bridget Jones's Diary continued to flatten all comers. Again showing the best takings and averages for the three-day weekend ($6,138,457 from 421 sites) the film has taken $21.3m in just 10 days, a figure Bridget herself would be proud of. Joining her at the top of the chart were BVI's Spy Kids, which improved 11% from its opening weekend to take $1.8m from 406 sites at the weekend, and UIP' Rugrats In Paris ($1.3m from 456 sites).