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'Avatar' soars to UK box office top spot

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'Avatar' soars to UK box office top spot
James Cameron's Avatar has topped the UK box office on its debut weekend on release.

The science fiction epic pulls in £8.5 million, making it the third-largest opening of 2009 behind Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince and New Moon. It is the largest opening for an original feature since last year's Hancock.

The critically-mauled St Trinian's 2 opens in second place with £1.5 million, while A Christmas Carol slips to number three. Nativity! and Planet 51 round out the top five.

Elsewhere, horror Paranormal Activity was the chart's biggest faller, dropping five places to number nine.

The UK box office top ten in full:

1. (-) Avatar - £8,509,050
2. (-) St Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's Gold - £1,586,832
3. (1) A Christmas Carol - £1,003,616
4. (6) Nativity! - £578,510
5. (3) Planet 51 - £451,420
6. (2) Where The Wild Things Are - £415,900
7. (5) The Twilight Saga: New Moon - £349,440
8. (7) Law Abiding Citizen - £307,104
9. (4) Paranormal Activity - £305,637
10. (8) 2012 - £171,827

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