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But takings weren't just modest for this charming animation as a batch of medium-sized movies all competed for attention

The winner

It was the unsung hero the previous weekend, knocked into second place thanks to The Sweeney having its tally inflated by two days of preview takings, and now it's enjoying its moment in the spotlight: ParaNorman is the UK's top box-office hit.

The stop-motion animation does so, however, with a relatively lacklustre number: £1.22m. Only three films so far this year have topped the chart with lower weekend takings. ParaNorman fell just 12% from the previous weekend, the smallest dip of any title in the top 10. It was the only picture in the market to clear £1m.

The chasing pack

Not exactly untypically for this point in the film calendar, there's a large number of medium-sized movies vying for cinemagoers' attention, but little in the way of breakout hits. Only »

- Charles Gant

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