Gambling movie 21 has held off the challenge of buried treasure and a Belgian holiday to keep the number one spot at the UK box office.

New releases Fool's Gold and In Bruges had been expected to mount a charge for the top after 21 debuted at number one.

But neither movie was able to overcome Robert Luketic's film, which tells of a set of MIT mathematical geniuses who use card-counting to take the house at a number of Las Vega casinos.

Starring Kevin Spacey, Jim Sturgess and Kate Bosworth, the film took more than £1 million in its second week to stay atop the UK charts.

Fool's Gold, reuniting Kate Hudson and Matthew Mcconaughey in an adventurous romantic comedy, took £975,498 to take second spot, while Martin McDonagh's In Bruges, featuring Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson as bored hitman stranded in the Belgian town, took £638,654 to take third.

Cop movie Street Kings, starring Keanu Reeves and Hugh Laurie, was the next highest new entry in fourth while Mike Leigh's new film Happy Go Lucky - for which Sally Hawkins won the best actress award at the Berlin film festival - entered the chart in ninth.

The top ten movies at the UK box office are: (last week's position)
1. 21 (1)
2. Fool's Gold (-)
3. In Bruges (-)
4. Street Kings (-)
5. Son of Rambow (2)
6 The Spiderwick Chronicles (4)
7 Step Up 2 The Streets (5)
8 27 Dresses (3)
9 Happy Go Lucky (-)
10 Horton Hears A Who (7)

22/04/2008 16:46:49