‘Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ beats ‘Woman in Black’ at UK box office

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel has topped the UK box office, ending The Woman in Black‘s three-week reign in the number one spot.

Judi Dench and Maggie Smith are among the all-star Brit cast for the comedy, which leaps above Daniel Radcliffe’s supernatural thriller and into first place on its second weekend on release.

Marigold Hotel earns £2.3 million to chart ahead of Woman in Black‘s £1.88 million, while new release This Means War debuts at number three with £1.82 million.

Safe House falls a place to number four, with The Muppets completing the top five.

A pair of new comedy releases occupy numbers six and seven. Project X, the documentary-style party movie, debuts with £561,655 ahead of the £490,592 earned by Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd’s Wanderlust.

The Artist saw a lift in business, moving up a spot to eight, after bagging five Academy Awards. The black and white silent comedy’s ticket sales rose by 33% to £469,369 on the back of its ‘Best Picture’ Oscar victory.

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island slips down to number nine with £387,435 in box office takings, and romantic drama The Vow completes the top ten with £264,643.