Nicolas Cage's movie National Treasure is the surprise victor in America's box office battle, after opening haul of $35.3 million (GBP19.6 million).

The movie just beat out The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, which opened in second with $33.5 million (GBP18.6 million).

After two weekends in the number one spot, animated superhero tale THE INCREDIBLES slipped to third with $26.8 million (GBP14.8 million), bringing its three-week total to $177.8 million (GBP98.7 million).

TOM HANKS' Christmas adventure The Polar Express came in fourth with $15.2 million (GBP8.4 million) in its second weekend, after a cool reception from audiences.

After widening its run following a limited-release opening, RENEE ZELLWEGER's Bridget Jones: THE EDGE OF REASON rounded out the top five with $10.1 million (GBP5.6 million).

22/11/2004 03:28