The GOLDEN GLOBE-winning movie took $2.98 million (GBP1.57 million) at British cinemas last weekend (14-16JAN05) compared to the $2.9 million (GBP1.53 million) made by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone's satire, according to chart compilers SCREEN INTERNATIONAL.
Horror film White Noise dropped to third place after topping last week's chart with takings of $2.62 million (GBP1.38 million).
Director Martin Scorsese's Howard Hughes biopic The Aviator ranked fourth with earnings of $1.86 million (GBP980,000) while Clint Eastwood's MILLION DOLLAR BABY made $1.52 million (GBP800,000) to come fifth in the chart.
The film is almost half an hour longer than 'The Force Awakens'.
The film is expected to continue without Mendes' involvement.