Harry Potter battles guinea pigs to claim U.K. number one

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince claimed top place for the third week, taking $4.38 million (£2.92 million) – while Disney’s G-Force, starring the animated rodents, took $3.72 million (£2.48 million) in its opening weekend.

John Travolta and Denzel Washington’s latest offering, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, also debuted this week slipping straight in at number three with $2.67 million (£1.78 million).

Romantic comedy The Proposal, starring Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds, dropped two places into fourth, taking $2.24 million (£1.49 million), while Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs also slipped two places to round out the top five, with $1.71 million (£1.14 million).

There were two other new entries in the top ten – Will Ferrell’s comedy Land of the Lost opened in sixth position and Coco Before Chanel debuted at number nine.