The Daniel Craig film scored the biggest opening week ever in Britain, with takings of $66.1 million (£41.3 million) in the seven days following its October (15) release, and it maintained its grip on the charts for three weeks.

Its stay at the top of the rundown is now over, but the spy movie still managed to achieve another record, surpassing James Cameron's Avatar to become the U.K.'s highest-grossing IMAX release.

The final installment of The Hunger Games franchise, starring Jennifer Lawrence, debuted in peak position this weekend with $18.1 million (£11.3 million), making it a box office success on both sides of the Atlantic.

Spectre dropped to second place with $6.1 million (£3.8 million) and it was followed by The Lady in the Van with $2.6 million (£1.6 million) in third. The top five was rounded out by children's animation Hotel Transylvania 2 ($862,000/£539,000) and romantic drama Brooklyn ($654,000/£409,000).