Comedy-drama Marley and Me has seen off its box office competition to hold the number one position in the UK for a second week.

The canine caper, starring Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson, took £2.14 million to remain at the top of the charts in the UK and Ireland, despite a number of high profile new releases.

Former US number one Paul Blart: Mall Cop - starring Hitch actor Kevin James - missed out on repeating its Stateside success in the UK, entering in second with £1.29 million in ticket receipts.

Duplicity, which reunites Closer co-stars Julia Roberts and Clive Owen, debuted in third while Lesbian Vampire Killers opened in fourth.

The horror comedy, starring Gavin and Stacey stars James Corden and Mathew Horne, earned £646,804 following a critical mauling.

Graphic novel adaptation Watchmen, which debuted at the top of the UK charts, fell three places to fifth while multiple Oscar winner Slumdog Millionaire dropped out of the first time for the first time since its release some 11 weeks ago.

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

1 Marley and Me - £2.14 million (1)
2 Paul Blart: Mall Cop - £1.29 million (-)
3 Duplicity - £796,245 (-)
4 Lesbian Vampire Killers - £664,804 (-)
5 Watchmen - £594,510 (2)

24/03/2009 17:39:10