American Hustle
American Hustle has been nominated 10 times in this year's Bafta film awardsAtlas Entertainment

American Hustle tops the first UK box office top 10 of 2014, ahead of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and Disney animation Frozen.

Peter Jackson's second Hobbit movie had been enjoying a Smaug-like reign atop the box office mountain, but David O Russell's drama had enough star power and awards season hype to dethrone Warner Bros' fantasy adventure.

Receiving a wide release after a limited run late last month, American Hustle took £3.46 million compared to The Hobbit's £3.2m and Frozen's £2.92m.

New entry's Last Vegas - starring Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman and Robert DeNiro - and horror film Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones complete the top five.

Elsewhere Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom opened at seven, bringing in £1.47 million.

The UK box office top 10 in full...

1. (-) American Hustle - £3,467,644
2. (1) The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - £3,200,972
3. (2) Frozen - £2,922,721
4. (-) Last Vegas - £1,811,695
5. (-) Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones - £1,584,354
6. (3) Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues - £1,543,091
7. (-) Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom - £1,472,500
8. (4) The Secret Life of Walter Mitty - £1,184,474
9. (6) Walking with Dinosaurs - £757,637
10. (7) The Hunger Games: Catching Fire - £538,493