Daniel Radcliffe’s Woman in Black beats Muppets to UK box office number one

The Harry Potter star helps the Hammer production become the biggest opening in the studio's history

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There is life after Harry Potter if the opening weekend of Daniel Radcliffe’s new movie The Woman in Black is anything to go by.

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The supernatural horror, adapted from the 1983 novel by Susan Hill, took £3.1 million at the UK box office during its first three days, beating Jason Segel’s much-talked about Muppets movie comeback, which managed £2.6 million.

The figures make The Woman in Black the most successful ever UK opening for studio Hammer – a feat matched last week by its first weekend in the US.

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Meanwhile, the 3D re-tooling of Star Wars prequel The Phantom Menace took third spot in the UK, adding £1.5 million to the £50 million the film grossed during its original release in 1999.