Aardman's festive family movie, featuring the voices of James McAvoy and Bill Nighy, pulled in more than £2 million over the Christmas period to return to the number one spot ahead of Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked falls a place to number three, while non-movers Puss in Boots and New Year's Eve round out the top five.
Shah Rukh Khan's Bollywood action film Don 2 is a new entry at six, and Christmas favourite It's a Wonderful Life makes it into the top ten after screening at 50 cinemas nationwide.
The UK box office top ten:
1. (3) Arthur Christmas - £2,047,463
2. (1) Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows - £1,715,465
3. (2) Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked - £1,133,827
4. (4) Puss In Boots - £899,231
5. (5) New Year's Eve - £396,488
6. (-) Don 2 - £319,499
7. (6) Hugo - £289,795
8. (7) Happy Feet Two - £234,945
9. (8) The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 - £99,396
10. (-) It's a Wonderful Life - £74,462
Watch an exclusive Arthur Christmas video clip below: