What Lies Beneath returned to the top of the UK chart last weekend after the previous week's chart topper Dinosaur dropped a hefty 62%. The supernatural thriller starring Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer was the only film to make more than $1.5m (£1m) over the weekend (Nov 3-5) and has now scooped a running cumulative of $11.1m after 17 days. Dinosaur dropped to number two in the chart but will comfortably reach $20m from its run at the UK box office.
Also suffering from a sharp decrease in weekend revenue was Book Of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 which fell 57% from its opening weekend to take a three day gross of $612,648 (£422,727) from 350 sites.
The weekend's three wide releases, Purely Belter, Wonder Boys and Loser, were placed at eight, nine and ten in the chart respectively. None of them scored particularly well, bringing in screen averages all lower than $2,500. Most disappointing is FilmFour's Purely Belter directed by Mark Herman which opened with $419,668 (£289,571) from 268 screens despite wide publicity for the British film.
Merchant Ivory's latest film The Golden Bowl, which has been touted by some reviewers as the filmmakers' best to date, opened on a limited 35 screens with a three-day gross of $103,045 (£71,101). Grey Owl however, which bypassed a theatrical release in the US, grossed just $67,932 (£46,873) from 62 screens for a poor screen average of $1,096 (£756).