Local films enjoyed one of their best weekends in recent memory at Argentina's box-office,holding all three top spots in the local chart.

Local moviestook an impressive 47 percent of total ticket sales over the weekend of Sept 30to Oct 2 and have dominated the market since the beginning of September.

El Aura(The Aura) stayed top inArgentina in its third weekend. Fabian Bielinsky's psychological thriller, distributed by Buena Vista International, sold 74,400 admissions on 55 screens to raise its localrunning total to 358,000 after only 18 days of release.

DamiánSzifron's Tiempo de Valientes (On Probation) debuted second with 48,800on 50 screens. Released by 20th Century Fox, the buddy movie about the relationship between a psychologist and atraumatised police officer was very well received by critics and will easilyoutpace Szifron's first feature, El Fondo del Mar (The Bottom of the Sea),which was seen by 110,000 spectators in 2003.

Iluminadospor el Fuego (Enlightened By Fire), Tristan Bauer's drama about the Falklands War, was third with30,100 tickets on 52 screens and a cumulative total of 182,500 sales after 25days.

Another Argentinianfilm, Elsa & Fred, remained eighth in its tenth week of release.This comedy about two old-age lovers, distributed by Columbia, sold 16,300admissions on 37 screens and has been seen by 465,000 spectators so far.

By contrast,Columbia's Bewitched had a very disappointing debut in Argentina. NoraEphron's romantic comedy sold just 14,800 tickets on 30 screens and finished inseventh place.