Aliens and predators may have fought their way into secondplace in the UK/Ireland chart but they were still no match for UIP's animatedsharks.
Shark Tale heldthe lead for a second weekend, dropping 36% from its opening week, notincluding previews. It has quickly established a strong $22.7m (£12.4m)cumulative gross.
Alien Vs Predator(AvP) got off to a fighting start with a $3.7m (£2m) opening, includingpreviews of $441,161 (£241,549). In North America the horror franchise effortsaw a fast decline and the same may be repeated in the UK. However, next week'sHalloween weekend may enable AvP tohold up better than in other territories as its only new release horrorcompetitors are the critically reviled Exorcist:The Beginning and House Of The Dead.Stronger competition will come on Sunday (Halloween itself) as UIP previewscurrent North American chart-topper TheGrudge.
The Jude Law-starring remake of Alfie saw solid figures in third. As did limited releases for theaward-winning local film My Summer Of Loveand Jim Jarmusch's Coffee And Cigarettesfurther down the chart.
My Summer Of Love,directed by Pawel Pawlikowski, opened through Contentfilm on 25 sites, with aparticularly strong showing coming from the art-house friendly West End ofLondon where it grossed $103,023 (£56,408) from 15 locations.
Jarmusch's latest is compiled of a series of vignettesfilmed over the passed 20 years featuring a large ensemble cast includingRoberto Benigni, Steve Buscemi, Tom Waits, Cate Blanchett and Bill Murray.