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The Daniel Radcliffe chiller benefits from half term and a lack of strong new competition to unexpectedly up its takings on its second week of release, while The Muppets also continue to perform strongly

The winner #1

When The Woman in Black opened with £3.15m, industry observers thought grosses would soon dip: the film had benefited from Harry Potter fans rushing to support Daniel Radcliffe. The success surely wouldn't last.

In fact, box-office takings have risen on the second weekend, up a healthy 11%, partly thanks to an expanded screen count of 5%. The period horror film took a nifty £3.5m in its second frame, for 10-day takings of £10.49m. For backers Momentum Pictures, the success is second only to last year's The King's Speech, which stood at £10.76m at the same stage of its release. The 12A-certificate Woman in Black benefited from the half-term holiday, with schoolchildren available to see the film every day of the week. »

- Charles Gant

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