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Harry Potter holds off Cars 2 challenge

he final Harry Potter film has held off a challenge from Pixar sequel Cars 2 to hold steady at the top of the UK and Ireland box office chart.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 made £8.5m between Friday and Sunday - less than half of its takings during its record-breaking opening.
Yet its second weekend takings still exceeded the £3.5m that Cars 2 pulled in during its three days on release.
Workplace comedy Horrible Bosses was another new entry in this week's chart.
The film - in which Jennifer Aniston plays a dentist who sexually harasses one of her employees - made just over £2m after opening on 409 screens.
Harry Potter's fortunes this side of the Atlantic contrast with the film's second weekend in the US, where it lost its top spot to superhero film Captain America.

TOP 5 FILMS IN UK AND IRELAND

1) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 - £8.52m
2) Cars 2 - £3.54m
3) Horrible Bosses - £2.07m
4) Bridesmaids - £1.02m
5) Transformers: Dark of the Moon - £0.93m
Source: Screen Daily
According to Screen Daily, Potter's second weekend takings in the UK exceed those of each of the previous seven films in the fantasy series.
Other new entries in the UK chart include the Ewan McGregor romantic comedy Beginners in eighth place, with takings of £146,096.
Raucous farce Bridesmaids - in fourth place in this week's countdown - was the only other film to make more than £1m during the weekend.
The performance of Cars 2 - a follow-up to Pixar's 2006 success Cars - contrasts with that of the last Pixar sequel, Toy Story 3.
That film made £21.2m in its opening weekend, going on to become the top-grossing film of 2010 in the UK and Ireland.

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