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Need For Speed No 1 at box office

Aaron Paul's Need For Speed has raced to the top of the international box office.

The big screen adaptation of the video games, starring Breaking Bad actor Aaron as street racer Tobey Marshall, made 45.6 million US dollars (£27.9 million) to take the top spot.

It was followed by the 300 sequel Rise Of An Empire, which raked in 41.3 million (£24.8 million).

Animated film Mr Peabody And Sherman - featuring the voices of Modern Family stars Ty Burrell and Ariel Winter - was third at the international box office with 15.3 million dollars (£9.1 million).

However, the movie about a time-travelling dog and his adopted boy was number one at the US box office, rising to the top spot with 21.2 million dollars (£12.7 million) after making its debut in second place last week.

"The family marketplace is giving every other genre a run for its money," said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for box office tracker Rentrak.

Need For Speed had been tipped for pole position in America but entered at number three with 17.8 million dollars (£10.6 million).

It was behind Rise Of An Empire, which was in second after opening in the number one spot last week.

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