The decision to reboot the classic 1980s ghoul hunting franchise had caused some controversy among fans due to the decision to switch the genders of the lead characters from male to female.

The change doesn't appear to have put off British audiences however, as the film, which stars Melissa MCCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and Kate MCKinnon, topped the U.K. box office chart by earning $5.76 million (£4.38 million) in its first week in cinemas (ends17Jul16).

Beaten into second place was Ice Age: Collision Course, which made $4.97 million (£3.78 million).

Dropping to third from last week's top spot was animated animal caper The Secret Life of Pets with ticket sales of $2.7 million (£2.05 million).

Rounding out the top five were The Legend of Tarzan in fourth spot with takings of $1.93 million (£1.47 million), and Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, which made $1.58 million (£1.2 million).

Next week (ends24Jul16) will see Ghostbusters face a difficult battle to hold on to top spot, with Steven Spielberg's adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic children's tale, The BFG, and science-fiction blockbuster Star Trek Beyond set to enter British cinemas.