Six months after its North American release, Dinosaur hit UK screens with a robust three-day gross of $3m (£2.1m) last weekend. Playing at 374 sites, Walt Disney Pictures' computer-animation set in a real-life background secured a healthy screen average of $8,319 (£5,690) taking the number one place in the box office chart. It officially opened the previous weekend with a platform Scottish release where it grossed $100,650 (£68,845) in seven days.
The second place film Road Trip from UIP also opened well with $2.8m (£1.9m) from 324 sites - a screen average of $8,626 (£5,900). This, together with UIP's Billy Elliot and Nutty Professor 2: The Klumps which both earned more than $1.5m (£1m), boosted the UK's total weekend gross to over $13m (£9m) - the highest for several weeks. Billy Elliot at number three, dropped 15% from the previous weekend to gross $2.2 (£1.5m) bringing its cumulative after 17 days to $10.5m (£7.2m). It is still holding onto a high screen average of over $6,454 (£4,389).
Another highly-anticipated British film, again with lottery finance and TV backing, was released successfully this weekend. The House Of Mirth, distributed by FilmFour on a platform release of 18 screens, grossed $130,000 (£88,920) and went into the chart at number 11. The period drama starring Gillian Anderson in a potential Oscar-winning performance goes wide on October 27.
Romeo Must Die from Warner Bros opened on 200 screens with $806,767 (£551,829) at number six, while the platform Scottish release of The Little Vampire from Icon Film Distribution pulled in $87,427 (£59,800) from 30 screens.