Gulf war movie JARHEAD has shot straight to the top of the UK box office chart in its first week of release.

The SAM MENDES-directed movie, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Jamie Foxx, took GBP1.9 million ($3.4 million) in its first weekend, beating out monster movie remake King Kong, which fell to fifth place with GBP1.27 million ($2.3 million).

CS Lewis's The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe is at number two, and is now in its sixth week in the top ten, earning GBP1.37 million ($2.46 million).

Romantic comedy Just Friends took GBP1.28 million ($2.3 million) in third place followed by Brokeback Mountain which stayed at fourth with GBP1.27 million ($2.28 million).

New entry Memoirs Of A Geisha made it to number six, followed by Reese Witherspoon's spooky romantic comedy Just Like Heaven at seven and Cheaper by the Dozen 2 at eight.

Woody Allen's latest offering Match Point was at number nine before the charts longest stayer - Harry Potter AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE, which has stuck to the top ten for nine weeks and has taken a total of GBP48 million ($86.4 million).