Sully, which features Tom Hanks as hero pilot Captain Chesley Sullenberger during his 'Miracle on the Hudson' plane landing on water in 2009 and its aftermath, remains the most popular film in its second week on release, adding $22 million (£16.9 million) to its haul.

It easily soared above the Blair Witch sequel, which snags second place with $9.65 million (£7.42 million), while Bridget Jones's Baby earned a disappointing $8.2 million (£6.3 million) to enter at number three.

The romantic comedy marked Renee Zellweger's return to the hit franchise as the beloved literary title character after a 15-year absence, with Colin Firth reprising his role as Mark Darcy and former Grey's Anatomy hunk Patrick Dempsey as his new love rival, billionaire Jack Qwant.

The third installment in the movie series received generally positive reviews, but it has failed to attract the attention of cinema-goers and scored the worst opening figures for the franchise in the U.S. and Canada.

However, there is some good news for director Sharon Maguire and her cast - the film performed much better outside of North America, taking an estimated $29.9 million (£23 million) in 24 territories.

Meanwhile, Oliver Stone's biopic Snowden, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the exiled whistleblower Edward Snowden, places fourth with $8 million (£6.2 million) - becoming the lowest-grossing debut of the director's career, and horror hit Don’t Breathe rounder out the top five at five.