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The film had previews in the last week which pushed it to the top of the tree, had it not had those previews it would have stalled at number 2 and not debuted at the top, instead it makes it way to number 1 with £3.7 million.
Falling just the one place this week is The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies which only narrowly missed out on a fourth week at the top with a £3.2 million start to the year.
Sitting comfortably at number 2 the third and final Hobbit movie has so far racked up £36.7 million in the UK, and looks likely to beat Smaugs UK total.
Also new this week are
The Woman In Black Angel of Death at 4
Birdman at 7
A year ago
After entering lower down the chart with preview screenings American Husle moves to the top of the box office knocking The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug down to number 2, Last Vegas was the highest new film at 4.
Five years ago
After giving up the top spot for a couple of weeks Avatar makes its way back to the top knocking Alvin and The Chipmunks The Squeakquel down to 3, Did You Hear About The Morgans? was the highest new film at 4.
Ten years ago
The Incredibles regained the number 1 spot after a couple of weeks away knocking The Polar Express down to number 5, highest new film of the week was Without A Paddle at number 4.
Fifteen years ago
There was no stopping The World Is Not Enough as it spent another week at the top of the box office, very little in the way of new releases meant that Fantasia 2000 was the highest new film right down at 13, and on limited release!
Twenty years of in the Month of January Interview With The Vampire was the big film with again with Star Trek Generations making an impress debut run at number 2.
Twenty five years ago Parenthood was the top film for January while When Harry Met Sally was the big new film for the month at number 2.
Robocop 2014 was released at UK cinemas early February this year making the number 2 spot on it's debit week, beaten by Mr. Peabody and Sherman, when it grossed £2.4 million.
Over a 4 week period on the box office it grossed £7.7 million and never climbed higher than it's number 2 debut spot.
Last weeks top film, Jack Ryan Shadow Recruit, has a hefty fall down the chart to number 8 this week after it's debut last week.
There are 5 other new releases this week
The Monuments Men at 2
Lone Survivor at 3
Last Vegas at 5
Delivery Man at 9
Cuban Fury at 13
Ending a 3 week run at the top for The Hobbit, American Hustle takes over with a weekend box office gross of £3.4 million.
Just a slither away is The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, at two, with £3.2 million.
Highest new film is Last Vegas with £1.8 million.
A year ago the first hobbit films was still at the top with highest new film of the week The Impossible coming in at two.
Five years ago Yes Man stayed at the top with the highest new film right down at six, The Spirit.
Ten yeas ago The Return of the King was still riding high at the top of the box office while Stuck on you was the top film at Four.
Fifteen years ago Star Trek Insurrection was the big new film at the top knocking Enemy of the State to number two.
Twenty years ago Mrs. Doubtfire was the big film of January.