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Thanks to preview takings, the fairytale-themed action flick kicks Wreck-It Ralph into second place, while Mama is a spooky third

The battle for the top spot

For the second time in its four-week run, Wreck-It Ralph has been forced to yield the top spot to a film it actually out-grossed over the weekend period. Thanks to preview takings on Wednesday and Thursday, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters sits in pole position in the official UK box-office chart, with five-day grosses of £1.50m. Strip out the previews, and the tally falls to a less-lofty £1.10m. The last time this happened was two weeks ago, when previews for A Good Day to Die Hard earned the action flick the top position, despite lower takings than Wreck-It over the actual weekend period.

With the half-term holiday ending the previous weekend, Wreck-It Ralph fell by a predictably hefty 59%, but Disney will be more than happy »

- Charles Gant

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