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Chihuahua tops USA box office

Beverley Hills ChihuahuaTHE RECENT family film, Beverly Hills Chihuahua, was best in show in the North American box office, according to early studio estimates.

The comedy, which features Drew Barrymore's voice as a pampered Chihuahua who gets lost in Mexico took $29m (£16.5m) in its opening weekend.

‘We had a huge weekend,’ said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Media By Numbers. ‘That's really due to the little Chihuahua. The little dog made a big difference.’

Two other movies, comedy How to Lose Friends and Alienate People and the apocalyptic Blindness, both failed to make an impact on cinema goers.