Warner Bros' release of British thriller Young Adam saw a good turnout last weekend when it claimed the eighth spot in the UK/Ireland chart from 133 locations. It was an ambitious gamble for the distributor, which financed David Mackenzie's adaptation of Alexander Trocchi's novel, which appears to have paid off.

The film saw particular strength in London's West End and in the Republic Of Ireland. In the West End Young Adam grossed an impressive $122,765 (£74,027) off 18 screens for a $6,820 screen average. Over the Irish Sea the Republic Of Ireland takings off five screens may not have made the top ten films in the area (it was 13th) but a $14,171 (Euro 12,357) provided a good average of $2,834.

Promotion for the film, which received positive critical response in the UK following its award for Best New British Feature at this year's Edinburgh International Film Festival, centered largely on star Ewan McGregor.

Young Adam also stars Peter Mullan, Tilda Swinton and Emily Mortimer. Both McGregor and Mortimer will double up on releases this weekend (Oct 3-5) with 20th Century Fox releasing Peyton Reed's Down With Love (starring McGregor and Renee Zellweger) and Icon Film Distribution launching Stephen Fry's directorial debut Bright Young Things (starring Mortimer).