The film, in which Matthew MCConaughey voices a koala bear who decides to host his own X Factor-style talent contest, earned $13.1 million (£10.4 million) after opening last weekend (27-29Jan17).

Another new entry, T2 Trainspotting, Danny Boyle's sequel to his 1996 cult classic following a group of Scottish drug users, was in second place with $6.4 million (£5.1 million) on a bumper weekend for U.K. cinema bosses.

Having topped the chart for two weeks, Oscar favourite La La Land was down to number three, as Damien Chazelle's modern take on the Hollywood musical earned $3.9 million (£3.1 million).

In fourth place was M. Night Shyamalan's psychological thriller Split, with ticket sales totalling $2.5 million (£2 million), while in fifth was Mel Gibson's acclaimed World War II drama Hacksaw Ridge, which made $1.8 million (£1.4 million) in British movie theatres.