StudioCanal’s Paddington has debuted at the top of the UK box office.
The bear’s big screen outing made £5.1m to knock The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 off the top spot.
Screen reports that Paddington also marks StudioCanal’s best-ever debut at the UK box office, topping Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’s £2.81m bow.
Paddington’s debut is even greater than Frozen’s first weekend takings of £4.7m.
The bear faces competition for the family ticket this weekend in Get Santa and Penguins of Madagascar, both opening on Friday.