'Boxtrolls' Fends Off Liam Neeson's 'Tombstones' for Top Spot at U.K. Box Office

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'The Boxtrolls'

'A Walk Among the Tombstones' was this week's highest opener but narrowly missed out on the crown

The Boxtrolls maintained its grip on the No. 1 spot at the U.K. box office despite strong weekend competition from Liam Neeson’s grizzled ex-cop efforts in A Walk Among the Tombstones.

Universal’s animated drama took home $2.2 million in its second week, just fending off the newcomer from eOne, which saw opening weekend takings of $2.1 million.

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British political comedy Pride held on to its third place position with $950,000 in its second week, while Luc Besson’s actioner Lucy slipped two ladder rungs to fourth with $904,000 to bring its total after five weeks to $21.4 million.

The Riot Club, the Toronto-premiering British thriller based on the notorious university club attended by Prime Minister David Cameron, was the second-highest opener in fifth, grossing $814,000. Sex Tape continued to lose its spark with U.K. audiences, earning $693,000 and falling to sixth place in its third week from its initial No. 1 opening.

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Landing in eighth place, earning $584,000, was 20,000 Days on Earth, the fictionalized documentary delving into the world of Australian musician Nick Cave. The film first premiered in Sundance, winning two awards.