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'The Dictator' defeats 'Avengers Assemble' at UK box office - top 10

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Sacha Baron Cohen's new comedy The Dictator has topped the UK box office in its first weekend on release.

The film, which sees Cohen play Wadiyan tyrant Admiral General Aladeen, pulls in an impressive £4.9 million to end Avengers's three-week reign at the chart summit.

Sacha Baron Cohen as 'The Dictator'

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Johnny Depp and Tim Burton's Dark Shadows holds its spot at number three, while American Pie: Reunion falls down two spots to number four.

Gareth Evans's martial arts action epic The Raid debuts at number five with £417,596 from 297 locations.

Elsewhere, the chart sees a re-entry from Aardman's The Pirates! at number nine. The Hugh Grant-voiced 3D animation sees a 4% climb in ticket sales to leap back into the top ten.

The UK box office top ten in full:

1. (-) The Dictator - £4,963,745
2. (1) Avengers Assemble - £2,814,216
3. (3) Dark Shadows - £1,638,651
4. (2) American Pie: Reunion - £1,372,896
5. (-) The Raid - £417,596
6. (5) Beauty and the Beast 3D - £395,660
7. (4) The Lucky One - £252,447
8. (7) Salmon Fishing in the Yemen - £167,171
9. (11) The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists - £132,235
10. (6) Safe - £121,399

Source: Rentrak

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