U.K. Box Office: 'Hotel Transylvania 2' Holds Tight as 'Spectre' Looms

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'The Martian' climbed two spots while 'Paranormal Activity' was the highest new entry. But the return of Bond is expected to change all that.

Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension 3D failed to scare its way to the top of the U.K. box office in its opening weekend, landing in third as the highest new entrant with a $4.2 million bow.

Last week's family-friendly number one, Hotel Transylvania 2, retained its position, dropping over 60 percent from its debut haul of $9.7 million but still fending off competition with second week earnings of $3.5 million.

With the the Meryl Streep-starring and BFI London Film Festival opener Suffragette dropping more than 50 percent (not including four days of previews) to $2.1 million and a fourth position, The Martian managed to rise up two spots in its fourth week. Ridley Scott's space thriller, which recently passed $200 million internationally, took $2.7 million to bring its total U.K. earnings to $31.3 million.

Elsewhere, there was space for The Last Witch Hunter to become the week's only other new entrant in the top 10, narrowly pipping Pan (last week's third) to the fifth slot with $1.9 million. Guillermo del Toro's gothic romance Crimson Peak continued its poor form in its second week, dropping nearly 50 percent to $770,000.

Next week's results are likely to be dominated by one word: Spectre. The 24th James Bond had its wide release across the U.K. on Monday evening and — with predictably few titles daring to go up against it — is expected to be one of the year's biggest hits, especially in its home country. But the question of whether it can beat 2012's record-breaking Skyfall remains to be seen.