Seven months after it opened in the US (where the DVD is now available), Columbia TriStar finally gave Stuart Little its nationwide UK release last weekend. Excluding previews, it just missed the number one slot with a three-day gross of $2.1m (£1,394,384) but including paid previews of $454,718 (£454,718) it snuck above Chicken Run in the chart with $2.6m (£1.7m) from 463 sites.

After three weeks on release in Scotland and Ireland, Stuart Little has pulled in an additional $1.8m (£1.2m) bringing its running total to $4.5m (£3m).

Chicken Run dropped 44% with a three-day gross of $2.1m (£1.4m) from 477 locations and has reached an impressive cumulative total of $25m. Meanwhile, Mission: Impossible 2 dropped to third place with $2m (£1.4m) bringing its total after 17 days to $18m.

Buena Vista International's new entry High Fidelity, based on the best-seller from the UK's Nick Hornby, opened on a mid-range screen count of 227 and pulled in $1m (£696,812). However it was Amos Gitai's Kadosh (Sacred) which scored the weekend's highest screen average when it opened on a limited two screens with a gross of $11,906 (£7,858) each.