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Prisoners tops UK box office as Blue Jasmine continues strong sales

Prisoners has retained its number one spot, while Blue Jasmine looks set to become Woody Allen's most successful UK film release

Prisoners has retained the number one spot at the UK box office for the second week running.

The film, which stars Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal, earned £1.1 million in box office takings this weekend, pulling in a total of £3.4 million in ten days.

The thriller centres on a child abduction that takes place in a Pennsylvanian suburb while two families celebrate Thanksgiving.

The Independent’s Anthony Quinn described the film as “harrowing enough to make you wince”.

Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine continued its strong box office run this weekend, earning £723,000.

Starring Cate Blanchett as a Park Avenue wife who suddenly loses her fortune, the film has taken a total of £2.2 million in ticket sales.

The film, which has already received laudable Oscar nods, looks set to become Woody Allen’s most successful film in the UK.

Allen’s Midnight in Paris took £2.8 million in total sales when it was released in 2011.