'King's Speech' tops UK box office

Colin Firth film The King's Speech has notched up another victory by topping the UK box office.

The movie, which stars the 50-year-old actor as stammering King George VI, took £3.5 million during its opening weekend.

Firth has been tipped for an Oscar nomination for his performance in the film, which also stars Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush.

Xavier Marchand, president of Momentum Pictures, which developed and co-financed the film, said: "The response from UK audiences to The King's Speech has been incredible.

"This is British film-making at its finest and that has not gone unrecognised by British cinemagoers."

The movie opened in the UK on Friday after originally being shown at the London Film Festival in October last year.

Firth received his latest gong, the Desert Palm Actor Achievement Award, for his performance in the film from Dame Helen Mirren in the US at the weekend.