Toy Story 3 breaks UK box office records

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 18: Charactures from Toy Story attend the Toy Story 3 UK film premiere at the Empire Leicester Square on July 18, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart Wilson/Getty Images)

TOY STORY 3 has smashed records at the UK box office by scoring the highest grossing debut for an animated movie.

The third and final installment of the hit Pixar franchise pulled in $31.5 million (£21 million) over its opening weekend in Britain (23-25 Jul 10).

The huge takings make the new Toy Story the most successful animated movie ever at the UK box office, as well as the second biggest British opening of all time after Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban in 2004.

The family film knocks Leonardo DiCaprio’s Inception from the number one slot, falling to number two with $6.2 million (£4.2 million), while The Twilight Saga: Eclipse remains at three with $2.1 million (£1.4 million).

Shrek Forever After is at four with a haul of $1.8 million (£1.2 million) and Catherine Zeta-Jones’ latest offering, The Rebound, rounds out the top five with $540,000 (£360,000).