Two major openers made a huge dent in Star Wars: Episode II - Attack Of The Clones' UK box office this weekend but failed to dethrone the blockbuster.
UIP's Josh Hartnett vehicle, 40 Days And 40 Nights, scored best of this week's openers with $1.5m (£1.03m) from 324 sites. With a strong average of $4,644 per sight the comedy, which also features Shannyn Sossamon and Griffin Dunne, landed second position in the chart.
Just behind 40 Days in third was Warner Bros' new film version of HG Well's The Time Machine. Starring Guy Pearce, Irish-singer Samantha Mumba and Brit-thesp Jeremy Irons, the sci-fi adventure took $1.2m (£808,389) at the weekend. Playing at 356 sites the film managed a respectable average of $3,325.
Taking fifth place for BVI was family title Snow Dogs. The film, which stars Cuba Gooding Jr, brought home $484,804 (£331,121) from 313 sites for an average of just $1,549.
The only other opener making the chart was Spark Entertainment's Hum Kisi Se Kum Nahi. The Indian title grossed $100,978 (£68,968) from 22 sites for a strong average of $4,590 and landed 11th position behind Eros International's Bollywood holdover, Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam. The Eros film dropped 53% from its opening weekend but still managed a powerful $168,873 (£115,340) at 29 sites for an average of $5,823.
Holding the lead position for the third week running with $3.6m (£2.4,m) was 20th Century Fox's Episode II. The film, which played at 471 sites for an impressive average of $7,593, has grossed $38.2m in the UK to date. However the film saw a 59% drop off this week from the previous weekend's tally.
Almost all the holdovers suffered huge percentage drops this week as Britons either took advantage of the four-day holiday (the UK had bank holidays on Monday and Tuesday in honour of the Queen's golden jubilee) to take a vacation or settled down in front of World Cup action on television. The smallest drops in the top ten were for fourth-placed Brit comedy About A Boy (51%), Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam and sixth-placed Panic Room (55%).
Two of last week's openers took massive hits with Columbia's Not Another Teen Movie dropping 60% as 40 Days And 40 Nights stole its target audience. Pathe's Thunderpants competed against opener Snow Dogs in the children's market, dropping 61% this week.