James McAvoy's 'Filth' Garners Top Spot at Scottish Box Office

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The darkly comic thriller beats previous McAvoy starrers, "X-Men: First Class" and "Wanted," and also surpasses "Trainspotting" tartan tally.

LONDON – The James McAvoy starrer Filth, written and directed for the screen by Jon S. Baird from Scottish author Irvine Welsh's cult novel of the same name, is a hit at home.

The movie, which opened north of the border a week ahead of its general release across the U.K. via Lionsgate hit the top spot this weekend, taking just shy of $403,390 (£250,000).

While that might seem to be a small number, the box office tally is notable for three reasons.

It surpassed McAvoy’s two previous Scottish openings, for X-Men: First Class and Wanted, and also overtook Trainspotting, the Welsh novel adaptation that took in $152,000 (£94,460) when released in 1996 and went on to be a British cult classic propelling Ewan McGregor toward stardom.

Filth stars McAvoy as a crooked drug-addict cop in the darkly comic thriller alongside an all-star British cast including Jamie Bell (The Adventures of Tintin), Imogen Poots (Fright Night), Oscar winner Jim Broadbent (The Iron Lady), Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey), Shirley Henderson (Trainspotting) and Eddie Marsan (The Illusionist).