20th Century Fox scored double top at the UK box office this weekend with two films counter-programmed to draw in different audiences.
Holding the top spot for the fourth week in succession, Star Wars: Episode II - Attack Of The Clones dropped off a mere 16% from the previous weekend, grossing $3m (£2.1m). The latest instalment of George Lucas's saga has claimed $46.5m (£31.9m) so far but is still a long way off the $74.5m (£51.1m) taken in the UK by Episode I - The Phantom Menace in 1999.
Opening this week for Fox was adult-drama Unfaithful. The film, directed by Adrian Lyne, opened with $146,845 (£100,589) from 230 sites on Thursday June 6 and then went on to gross $990,870 (£678,746) at 288 sites over the three-day weekend (June 7-9). Starring Richard Gere, Diane Lane and Olivier Martinez, Unfaithful scored a good three-day average of $3,441 and recorded a four-day tally of $1.1m.
Behind Fox's double-header the top five remained relatively unchanged. Warner Bros' The Time Machine held third place, dropping 23% from its opening weekend to take $904,994 (£619,921) at 356 sites. UIP's 40 Days And 40 Nights dropped 40% in its second week, going from second to fourth position. The comedy claimed $894,707 (£612,874) from 324 sites. Holding position at five was BVI's Snow Dogs which actually improved 70% over its opening weekend - despite playing three less sites. The family title took $820,288 (£561,897) this weekend.
In sixth place Entertainment's Monster's Ball scored an impressive opening with $683,892 (£468,466) from 174 sites. The drama, for which Halle Berry received a best actress Oscar in March, showed a strong site average of $3,930. Monster's Ball co-stars Billy Bob Thornton, Heath Ledger, Peter Boyle and rapper Sean Combs (aka P. Diddy). It is directed by Marc Forster, whose Everything Put Together opens on limited release in London's West End for ICA next weekend.
Another Indian release landed a place in the chart this week with Yash Raj Films' Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai taking 12th place. Grossing $102,966 (£70,532) from just 20 sites, the film recorded the highest screen average amongst this weekend's openers with $5,148.
At 15, FilmFour International's limited release of Crush managed $46,523 (£31,868) from just 24 sites for a so-so average of $1,938.
Disappointment of the week was 11th-placed Dragonfly. The BVI release, which boasts a cast including Academy Award winners Kevin Costner, Kathy Bates and Linda Hunt, claimed a mere $116,199 ($79,596) from 194 sites. This resulted in a site average of just $599.
Next week sees the release of Columbia TriStar's much anticipated multiple record-breaker Spider-Man, which should finally see Star Wars lose its domination of the box office revenues.