Icon Film Distribution's What Women Want easily retained the number one spot in the UK over the weekend with a three-day gross of $3,635,896 (£2,512,404). The romantic comedy dropped just 26% from its opening weekend pulling in a site average of $8,890 from 409 sites. The film's closest challenger was 20th Century Fox's Dude, Where's My Car' which opened on 270 sites and took second place with $1,365,329 (£943,442). While the Mel Gibson-starrer saw no real competition to dethrone it this weekend, it will have to contend with UIP's behemoth Hannibal from Friday.
The big surprise of the weekend was the success of Momentum Pictures' The Adventures Of Rocky And Bullwinkle. The film, which features a live action/animation mix a la Who Framed Roger Rabbit', took a healthy $1,026,482 (£709,299) from 345 sites for fifth position in the chart. Expectations for the film were low after its disappointing results in the US, Australia, France and Spain. Momentum is now predicting the film should reach a total UK gross of $5.8m (£4m). Next week's school half-term holiday should give it a boost, but it will also face competition from BVI's The Emperor's New Groove.
Another opener, Columbia TriStar's Almost Famous, took sixth position with $740,805 (£511,896) from 266 sites. BVI's Remember The Titans also opened to take ninth position with $398,326 (£275,243) from 274 sites. Pathe's The Claim also entered the chart this week after widening from eight screens on its opening weekend to 24. The film took $56,404 (£38,975) and fourteenth position.
Entertainment's Traffic continued to show strong receipts dropping just 19% from the previous weekend to retain third position in its third week on release. The film saw a three-day gross of $1,146,687 (£792,361), bringing its total gross to $6,081,071. UIP's Cast Away rounded out the top five.