Comic book film Watchmen has matched its US box office success by topping the charts in the UK and Ireland.

The Warner Bros film, based on Alan Moore's classic graphic novel, took £3.2 million in its opening weekend to knock last week's number one Slumdog Millionaire into second.

Starring Billy Crudup, Malin Akerman and Patrick Wilson, Watchmen tells of an alternate 1985 in which a group of outlawed masked vigilantes reunite after one of their former comrades is murdered.

The film yesterday topped the US box office with $55.7 million (£40.2 million) after its opening three days on release.

Clint Eastwood film Gran Torino fell to third while The Young Victoria, starring Emily Blunt as the 19th century British monarch, was the only other entry in the UK top ten, in fourth.

Disney animation Bolt retained a place in the top five while horror film The Unborn fell four places to seven.

Family film Hotel For Dogs dropped one place to eighth while Clive Owen thriller The International fell three places to ninth in its second week on release.

The top ten films at the UK box office are: (last week's position)

1 Watchmen - £3.2 million (-)
2 Slumdog Millionaire - £1.3 million (1)
3 Gran Torino - £1.2 million (2)
4 The Young Victoria - £1 million (-)
5 Bolt - £978,954 (4)
6 Confessions of a Shopaholic - £977,441 (5)
7 The Unborn - £749,898 (3)
8 Hotel For Dogs - £569,802 (7)
9 The International - £423,358 (6)
10 He's Just Not That Into You - £317,588 (8)

10/03/2009 13:23:51