U.K. Box Office: 'The Huntsman: Winter's War' Snares Crown

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'The Huntsman: Winter's War'

But it was 'Zootropolis' that outperformed in its third week as 'Batman v. Superman' slipped further down.

An opening haul of $4.2 million was enough to see The Huntsman: Winter's War spear the top spot at the U.K. box office over the weekend.

Looking to capitalized on the final week of British school holidays, Universal gave its fantasy prequel a full four days of previews. However, the film still fell short of Snow White and The Huntsman's $5.1 million bow in 2012.

In its third weekend, Disney's Zootropolis (released in the U.S. as Zootopia) proved to have some considerable staying power. Already the highest grosser of the year thus far worldwide, the animated film fell just 12 percent in the U.K. (and would have beaten Winter's War were it not for the previews), adding $3.4 million for a cume of $26.5 million.

Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice fell 48 percent to third place with $3.3 million for a three-week total of $47.6 million. The film has now topped Man of Steel's $42.6 million to become Zack Snyder's best local showing.

Following its excellent launch last week, British comedy biopic Eddie the Eagle added $1.8 million to take its total to a solid $8.1 million, while Kung Fu Panda 3 rounded out the top five with just north of $800,000 for a five-week cume of $18 million.

Just missing out of the top half of the table, director Jeff Nichols still enjoyed his biggest U.K. bow with his Berlinale favorite Midnight Special collecting $700,000.

This week sees Disney's The Jungle Book looking the most likely to claim gold among the newcomers. Eye in the Sky, starring Helen Mirren and the late Alan Rickman, is also getting a wide release.