Ratatouille has proved mouth-watering enough to stay at the top of the UK and Irish box office chart for the second week running.

Taking £3.056 million over the weekend, the Disney/Pixar comedy charmed enough audiences to keep new fantasy epic Stardust in second place after its opening three days.

Matthew Vaughn's adaptation of Neil Gaiman's bestselling novel features rising talent Charlie Cox as country boy Tristan, eager to capture a falling star to win the heart of local girl Victoria (Sienna Miller) only for the star to emerge as a wilful female (Claire Danes), also pursued by Robert De Niro's sky pirate and Michelle Pfeiffer's vain witch.

But despite its enthralling mix of action, fantasy, romance and comedy, Disney/Pixar's ever-successful recipe still proved appetising to UK audiences, with the tale of Remy the gastronome rat continuing to delight.

The other highest new entry was Rendition, with the Jake Gyllenhaal/Reese Witherspoon thriller taking £583,345 across 325 sites.

Another fantasy adaptation shot into the top ten this weekend, with The Seeker: The Dark is Rising entering at seven, while literary translations proved to be the movie theme of the week, with teen detective Nancy Drew - played by Julia Roberts' niece Emma - sneaking into the top ten with £135,753.

Ben Stiller's latest romcom The Heartbreak Kid fell one place to fourth, while Resident Evil: Extinction dropped to fifth.

Run, Fatboy, Run continued to pull in cinemagoers, finishing in sixth position after seven weeks on the UK chart and more than £10 million in box office receipts.

23/10/2007 14:59:47