LONDON Romantic weepie "Dear John" has ended the Titans' two-week run at the top of the box office -- but only just.
The story of the long-distance love affair between a young soldier and a college student took 1.99 million pounds over the weekend, according to Screen International on Tuesday.
"Clash of the Titans," down in second place with its special effects-laden update of MGM's 1981 action fantasy, managed only 1.55 million in its third UK week.
Dreamworks' animated feature "How to Train Your Dragon" slipped a place to third while director Matthew Vaughn's "Kick-Ass," starring Aaron Johnson as a would-be superhero, was down from three to four.
Also down one, to fifth, was former chart-topper "Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang," with Emma Thompson riding to the rescue of harassed mum Maggie Gyllenhaal.
"The Ghost," Roman Polanski's political thriller with Pierce Brosnan as a Tony Blair-like former premier and Ewan McGregor as his biographer, made its debut at six.
The week's third newcomer was "Cemetery Junction," a coming-of-age comedy drama by "The Office" co-creators Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, which came in at seven.
"Alice in Wonderland," director Tim Burton's version of the classic Lewis Carroll fantasy, slipped from five to eight, one place above Sandra Bullock in "The Blind Side" which was down from six.
New York love story "Remember Me" was down in 10th spot from seven.