Tue Dec 16, 2014 2:07 pm
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has debuted at the top of the UK box office chart.
The final instalment in Peter Jackson's trilogy has knocked Paddington from the number 1 position, taking £9,753,642 over the weekend.
Paddington - which has earned over £14 million since its opening in late November - fell to second place, knocking The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 into third, animated spinoff Penguins of Madagascar into fourth and Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game into fifth.
The third Hunger Games film Mockingjay: Part 1 took £1,089,989 over the weekend, bringing its total gross to over £27 million since its November 21 release.
Disney animation Tinkerbell and the Legend of the NeverBeast was the only other new entry in the chart at seven, with a gross of £395,454.
Bill Murray comedy St Vincent and Jude Law's Black Sea slipped from the chart after only one week.
The UK box office top ten in full is as follows:
1. (-) The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies - £9,753,642
2. (1) Paddington - £2,909,674
3. (2) The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 - £1,089,989
4. (3) Penguins of Madagascar - £1,051,071
5. (4) The Imitation Game - £534,554
6. (7) Get Santa - £448,550
7. (-) Tinkerbell and the Legend of the NeverBeast - £395,454
8. (8) Nativity 3: Dude, Where's My Donkey? - £381,673
9. (5) Horrible Bosses 2 - £317,160
10. (6) Interstellar - £213,953