Distributor Eros International enjoyed its biggest success in the UK at the weekend with the much anticipated release of Devdas.
The Bollywood film grossed a massive $723,054 (£466,370) from 54 sites (on 74 screens) from Friday to Sunday (July 12-14) for a mighty site average of $13,390 - the highest of any film on release over the three-day weekend - and landed fifth position in the chart.
However Devdas, which stars Shahrukh Khan and Aishwarya Rai, just missed out on the UK record for a Bollywood title which is still held by last year's K3G (Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham). Distributed by rival Yash Raj Films, K3G grossed $733,884 (£473,355) on its opening weekend from 41 sites.
Early indications from India, however, are that Devdas has doubled the opening record gross set last year by K3G in the territory, with some $120,000 at 19 sites in Mumbai alone.
Back in the UK, also playing well this week was Warner Bros' kids opener Scooby-Doo, taking over the top spot from last week's leader Minority Report. Scooby-Doo grossed a massive $5.1m (£3.3m) from 472 sites over the weekend for an average of $10,724.
With previous weekend previews of $2.9m (£1.9m) from 432 sites added in this gives Raja Gosnell's film a total opening tally of $7.95m (£5.1m) - making it the company's second highest UK opening of all-time behind last year's Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone ($25.3m) and ahead of this year's Ocean's Eleven ($7.9m).
Battling its way into third place, Pathe's Resident Evil took a respectable $1.2m (£801,626) from 264 sites for a site average of $4,708. The film, which stars Milla Jovovich and Michelle Rodriguez, suffered from mostly negative reviews which, along with a hot weekend, most likely accounted for the slightly disappointing figures.
Biggest disappointment of the week was BVI's Bad Company. The action-comedy which stars Anthony Hopkins and Chris Rock managed a feeble $593,059 (£382,523) from 288 sites for an average of just $2,059. The Jerry Bruckheimer produced film was savaged by the critics and even given negative press by Hopkins himself in a BBC television Omnibus profile of the actor two weeks ago. The weak performance follows a bad show in the US where it took just $29m.
Launching into 12th position Optimum Releasing's Nine Queens (Nueve Reinas) took $76,648 (£49,438). Playing at just 17 sites the Argentinian title scored a healthy average of $4,509.
Last week's top earner, 20th Century Fox's Minority Report, dropped off 39% this week to land second place with $3.7m (£2.4m) from 426 sites. It has an 11-day gross of $14.6m.
Rounding out the top five, Spider-Man dropped 53% this week into fourth place. The blockbuster now has a total gross of $39.3m.