Directed by and starring Branagh along with a whole host of other big names like Judi Dench, Michelle Pfeiffer and Johnny Depp the film makes its debut with a respectable £4.9 million.
This already makes it his 4th most successful film as a director and by the end of its run it will be most likely 3rd with just Thor and Cinderella out doing it.
As just mentioned Branagh directed the first in the Thor series of films as by coincidence his new film knocks the latest Thor from the top spot.
Thor Ragnarok this week falls only to number 2, and it gave Murder On The Orient Express a good run for its money as it comes in with £4.6 million which brings the total gross to £20 million and its now the most successful Thor film in the UK.
Thor Ragnarok is still pulling in the audience and on a Monday to Sunday bases it would have by a long distance been the top film of the week taking in £8.1 million.
Also new this week is A Bad Moms Christmas which despite trying to celebrate Christmas in November, far too early, takes in £1.7 million at number 3.
Pokémon The Movie I Choose You and The Killing of the Sacred Deer are also new at numbers 9 and 10 respectively.
Kingsman The Golden Circle is the top total grossing movie this week with £24 million and the longest running film with 7 weeks on the chart.
A year ago
Doctor Strange kept its hold on the box office by staying at the top while top new film was the Ben Affleck starring The Accountant.
Five years ago
Skyfall was still the top film of the week while the top new film was Silent Hill Revelation (in 3D, it was Halloween!) which entered at 3.
Ten years ago
Ratatouille spent a 4th week at the top while 30 Days of Night from director David Slade was the top new film at 2.
Fifteen years ago
Sequel movie 28 Days Later was the top new film of the week making its debut at number 1, it knocked off XXX which fell to 2 after 2 weeks on top.
Twenty years ago
The Full Monty remained at the top on its 10th weekend, although not all of them had been at the top, highest new entry was LA Confidential at number 2.
Twenty five years ago
Beauty And The Beast spent its fourth weekend at the top while the highest new film was Boomerang starring Eddie Murphy at number 2.