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'The Fall Guy', 'Phantom Menace' top box office in UK and Ireland

'The Fall Guy', 'Phantom Menace' top box office in UK and Ireland

Universal's The Fall Guy debuted at the box office in the UK and Ireland with £3.5 million ($4.5 million), according to Comscore figures.

But the force was strong with Disney's 25th anniversary re-release of “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace” debuting in second place with £1.1m. This, when added to the £56.4m gross when it was originally released in 1999, puts the film neck and neck with 'Joker' for first place. 30 on the region's all-time box office chart.

In its second weekend, Warner Bros. “Challengers”, which was topped by Zendaya, fell to third place with £986,885 for a total of £3.6 million. In fourth place, in its fourth weekend, Studiocanal's “Back to Black” added £770,973 for a total of £10.5 million.

In fifth place was Univeral's “Kung Fu Panda 4”, which grossed £562,704 in its sixth weekend for a total of £20.4m.

There were two other debuts in the top ten. Sony's “Tarot” bowed in sixth place with £509,181 and Lionsgate's “Love Lies Bleeding” in eighth place with £309,613.

Next, Disney opens “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes,” the tenth film in the long-running franchise, on May 9.

There are many movies releasing on Friday. Picnik Entertainment opens with traumatic brain injury-focused film The Almond and the Seahorse, starring Rebel Wilson, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Celine Jones, which won the top prize at Dennard. Journeyman Pictures presents the documentary “The Trust Fall: Julian Assange.” Altitude releases Made in England: The Films of Powell & Pressburger and Peccadillo Pictures' Cannes winner Our Mothers. From Curzon comes the title of the Cannes Film Festival, “La Chimera.”

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This weekend's reissues include the restored version of Tape Collective's 1998 film “Drylongso,” the 30th anniversary reissue of Danny Boyle's “Shallow Grave” from Park Circus and “Big Banana Feet,” the restored 1976 documentary about Billy Connolly's 1975 live performances in Dublin and Belfast.