The Dictator tops UK box office chart
Sacha Baron Cohen's The Dictator tops the UK box office chart
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Thursday, 24, May 2012 11:11
By Mark Fordham
Sacha Baron Cohen's latest comedy has knocked superhero caper Avengers Assemble off the top of the UK and Ireland box office chart.
The Dictator, which sees the Borat and Ali G star play a despot from a fictional Middle Eastern Country, took almost £5 million in its first five days in cinemas.
Avengers Assemble claimed second place in this weeks' charts, having taken £2.8 million in its fourth weekend on release.
The film managed to take £15.78 million in its opening weekend in the UK, while in the US it has become the first movie in history to take more than $100 million (£63.9 million) in its first two weeks.
Tim Burton's Dark Shadows, starring Johnny Depp, dropped one place to three by making £1.6 million between Friday and Sunday.
Comedy sequel American Pie: Reunion also fell one place after taking £1.3 million.
The top five was completed by martial arts thriller The Raid, which took £417,596 in the first week of release.