In the US, fairy tale adventure Enchanted casts a spell on audiences to take the #1 spot... seasonal family drama This Christmas evokes the holiday spirit to sit at #2... meaning Beowulf is knocked from the top spot to #3... video game adaptation Hitman disappoints at #4... August Rush limps in to open at #7... American Gangster has a massive slip, down 5 places to #8... Stephen King adaptation The Mist has a nightmare opening at #9, despite strong reviews... and the critically-mauled Mr Magorium slips 5 places to #10 after only 2 weeks of release!
US TOP 10
1. Enchanted $34.4m
2. This Christmas $18m
3. Beowulf $16.5m
4. Hitman $13.2m
5. Bee Movie $11.8m
6. Fred Claus $10.6m
7. August Rush $9.42m
8. American Gangster $9.01m
9. The Mist $8.93m
10. Mr Magorium's Wonder Emporium $7.94
In the UK, American Gangster and Beowulf stay firm at #1 and #2... Stardust darts ahead of Ratatouille to nab #3... Good Luck Chuck proves to have surprising staying power, at #5... Wes Anderson's latest, The Darjeeling Limited, has a disappointing opening at #6... likewise August Rush... badly-reviewed horror Shrooms is a surprise new entry at #8... and 30 Days Of Night loses its bite, slipping 3 places to #10...
UK TOP 10
1. American Gangster £1.8m
2. Beowulf £1.4m
3. Stardust £733k
4. Ratatouille £663k
5. Good Luck Chuck £511k
6. The Darjeeling Limited £435k
7. August Rush £359k
8. Shrooms £313k
9. Elizabeth: The Golden Age £218.4k
10. 30 Days Of Night £218.2k
UK RELEASES THIS WEEK
THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD
An outlaw joins his childhood hero's notorious gang, but grows to resent his leader. Western drama starring Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck
Santa's bitter older brother comes to stay at the North Pole. Christmas comedy starring Vince Vaughn and Paul Giamatti.
A mysterious secret agent becomes embroiled in a political conspiracy and pursued across Europe by Interpol and the Russian military. Action-thriller based on the video-game, starring Timothy Olyphant and Dougray Scott.
A trouble actor, a television producer, and a video-game designer find their lives are intertwined in mysterious and unsettling ways. Mystery thriller starring Ryan Reynolds, written and directed by John August.