Three major new openers in the UK were no challenge for homegrown hit Johnny English last weekend (April 25-27), which saw the comedy drop off a mere 10% to lead for a third consecutive week. The UIP distributed film claimed another $3.6m (£2.3m) over the three-day weekend and has already grossed $21.8m (£13.7m) in the UK after 17 days on release.
Impressing in third place was another UIP title, romantic comedy How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days. The film, which stars Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey, managed a 3% rise over its three-day launch weekend for a second week take of $1.6m (£978,544) from 361 sites. It has taken $5.3m after 10 days.
As the school Easter holidays drew to a close those titles vying for a share of the children's market took advantage of the last weekend of the break to boost their figures. BVI's The Jungle Book 2 led the pack leaping from fourth place to second, and 20% week-on-week, for a third weekend take of $1.8m (£1.1m). The animated sequel has a cumulative score of $9.8m (£6.1m) so far.
Also experiencing improved revenues, though still showing generally weak performances, were Columbia TriStar's S Club Seeing Double (a vehicle for a UK pop band) and Warner Bros' German-produced animation The Little Polar Bear (Der Kleine Eisbar). With weekend takes of $507,944 (£319,497) and $138,816 (£87,315) the pair saw rises of 31% and 20% respectively. They inhabited eighth and 12th positions on the chart.
Of the week's new launches it was Warner Bros' horror title Dreamcatcher that brought in the biggest stake of the box office with $1.2m (£729,525) recorded from 344 sites - taking fifth place.
Behind Dreamcatcher, in sixth, was Helkon SK's Welcome To Collinwood. The Russo Brothers comedy, which stars Sam Rockwell, William H Macy, Isaiah Washington and the late Michael Jeter, managed a solid $1.1m ($688,425) from 288 sites over the weekend - including previews of $103,203 (£64,915) from 240 sites. The film was produced by Steven Soderbergh and George Clooney, who also features.
The only other opener to make the top 15 chart was Spike Lee's 25th Hour. The drama, which sees Edward Norton spending his last night of freedom before going to prison with a variety of characters including friends Philip Seymour Hoffman and Barry Pepper, father Brian Cox and girlfriend Rosario Dawson, landed in ninth place. Taking $315,328 (£198,341) from 114 sites 25th Hour recorded a so-so location average of $2,766 per site.
Just off the chart, in 16th place, was Metrodome's Lilya 4-Ever. Lukas Moodysson's drama performed well in a limited, 13 site, release taking $61,685 (£38,800) for a $4,745 average per location. Meanwhile another foreign language title, PPR's Italian-language Le Fate Ignoranti, opened on just one print at The Other Cinema in London's West End for a stunning $9,165 (£5,765) weekend take.