Who says there are no good roles for women' Films with female leads dominated the box office in the UK at the weekend. Computer-game icon Lara Croft demonstrated her pulling power taking $5.4m (£3.8m) in her first big screen venture: Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.
Played by Hollywood hot-property Angelina Jolie, Lara Croft achieved a stunning $12,184 site average from 444 sites. The figures included one-day previews of $547,433 (£389,225).
Meanwhile in fifth position and dropping just 19% from the previous week, despite being on release for 13 weeks, Bridget Jones's Diary continued to make a significant entry The local favourite, starring Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth and Hugh Grant, has now taken $56.4m (£40.1m) at the UK box office.
The comedy is only the sixth film ever to pass the £40m mark in the territory, behind Titanic, The Full Monty, Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace, Jurassic Park and Toy Story 2.
Further down the chart the only other opener to make the top 15 was Columbia TriStar's Dr T And The Women. The latest from veteran director Robert Altman the film, which stars Richard Gere and features a host of strong female talent. The comedy took $44,864 (£31,898) from 25 sites for an average of $1,795. Sneaking in right at the bottom of the chart is Optimum Releasing's coming-of-age drama/contemporary werewolf horror movie Ginger Snaps. The film dropped 31% from its opening week and has a total gross of $87,082. Rounding out the top five were Shrek, Evolution and Pearl Harbor, starring Cameron Diaz as the voice of Princess Fiona, Julianne Moore and Kate Beckinsale respectively!