Once again, “Arthur Christmas” tops UK box office

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Arthur Christmas

Arthur Christmas

In its seventh week of release, Aardman Animation’s Arthur Christmas has returned to the top spot at theaters in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Featuring the voice of James McAvoy as Santa Claus’s youngest son, the family comedy leapt from No. 3 over the weekend to collect £2.05 million ($3.16 million U.S.).

Arthur Christmas made an average of £3,729 ($5,746) from the 549 venues where it was screened. The movie has made a total of £19.7 million ($30.4 million) so far.

Third place — down from second on the previous weekend — went to Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wreckedwith £1.13 million ($1.74 million).

Staying in fourth place was Shrek prequel Puss In Boots with £899,231 ($1.4 million).

Happy Feet Twofell one position to eighth.

Because British movie houses were closed on Christmas Day, receipts were generally down on the weekend. Tracking company Screen International recorded just two days of box office takings.

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