Britney Spears vehicle Crossroads, distributed by Momentum Pictures, benefited over the weekend from a slew of underachieving openers at the UK box office.
Crossroads, along with other films aimed at younger cinema goers, Return To Neverland, Ice Age and Jimmy Neutron - Boy Genius, took advantage of the end of the school Easter holidays to bolster their revenues. Momentum's film held fourth place in its second week on release dropping just 15% from its opening weekend to take $1.21m (£843,489) from 375 sites. The film has a ten-day total of $4.75m (£3.3m). The film may also have benefited from heightened awareness in its second weekend as Spears' single from the film I'm Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman debuted at number two in the UK charts.
The top three, Blade II, Ice Age and Ali G IndaHouse, also held position, however Blade II fell 47% in its second week on release and Ali G 44% in its third to take $1.9m and $1.22m respectively. Ice Age held second place with a further $1.87m, just 14% down from the previous week, bringing its total to $14.2m after three weeks on release.
Meanwhile BVI's Peter Pan sequel Return To Neverland saw its highest three-day box office figures since opening three weeks ago. Climbing 32% to take sixth place despite playing at ten less sites than the previous week the animated film grossed $590,679 at the weekend. Another animated release, UIP's Jimmy Neutron, saw takings rise 2% to $354,473.
Only three openers made the chart this week but the most impressive performance came from Artificial Eye's unranked Time Out (L'Emploi Du Temps). The French release took $30,478 from six sites for an average of $5,079 - bettered only by Blade II's $5,522.
Highest opener of the week was Warner Bros' Arnold Schwarzenegger film Collateral Damage. The action title claimed $623,585 from 270 sites for fifth position. Also in the top ten, at ten, was Pathe's 117 site release of 24 Hour Party People. The UK film managed a solid $380,815 for a respectable average of $3,255.
The biggest disappointment of the week was BVI's time travelling romantic comedy Kate & Leopold. The film, which stars rom-com queen Meg Ryan and X-Man Hugh Jackman, failed to find an audience managing a paltry $293,149 from 212 sites - an average of only $1,383.