All eyes were on 20th Century Fox's Road To Perdition this weekend as it expanded nationwide following a strong 32 site London platform release a week ago. But while Sam Mendes' drama took a strong $2.05m (£1.3m) from its 369 sites, showing a good average of $5,548, it had to settle for third place in the chart, unable to displace either BVI's Signs or Entertainment's My Big Fat Greek Wedding.
While Signs held the top spot for the third consecutive week, with a $2.9m (£1.9m) weekend from 431 sites - an average of $6,765 - and a resounding $17.1m 17-day gross, it was US-hit comedy My Big Fat Greek Wedding that stole the show.
In second place Wedding grossed $2.5m (£1.6m) over the weekend, gaining 7% on its opening weekend. Playing at 342 sites, just one more than its first week, it scored a resounding $7,294 average - the biggest of any film in the UK top 25. The film's 10-day tally of $6.2m already exceeds its $5m budget and the UK release looks set to repeat the sleeper success it continues to enjoy in North America, where it has grossed $136.6m to date.
The highest opener of the week was fourth-placed comedy Van Wilder, from Momentum Pictures. The film took a reasonable $1.1m (£707,763) from 339 sites for an average of $3,242.
Warner Bros' Divine Secrets Of The Ya-Ya Sisterhood was the only other opener to make the chart, in tenth position. The drama, which stars Sandra Bullock, Ellen Burstyn, Maggie Smith, James Garner and Ashley Judd, failed to find much of an audience taking just $192,964 (£124,269) from 201 sites for a poor average of $960.
Good limited release openings outside the chart were seen for Iranian-director Abbas Kiarostami's Ten, distributed by ICA at three sites, which took $15,654 (£10,081) for an average of $5,218; and Metro Tartan's The Eye, directed by the Pang Brothers, which claimed $33,213 (£21,389) from 12 sites for an average of $2,768.
Rounding out the top five was UIP's The Bourne Identity taking $890,829 (£573,694) and bringing its total gross to $10.3m (£6.6m) after four weeks on release.