Return of the King tops box office for fourth week
The final part of Peter Jackson's LoTR trilogy took £3.71 million this weekend - despite having opened back on December 17.
Cruise's story of a US Civil War veteran who is captured by the fabled Japanese warriors and falls in love with their culture came in second, netting £2.73 million.
The Last Samurai pushed the latest adaptation of JM Barrie's Peter Pan down to number three in the chart, while Love, Actually hung in at number four.
Oscar-tipped Bill Murray comedy Lost in Translation squeezed in to the box office chart at number five, taking £797,000.
Cruise can perhaps take some comfort from being the runner-up to what has truly become a movie phenomenon. The Return of the King looks set to smash box office records - it has already taken £48.2 million in the UK and Ireland, and an astonishing $312.3 million (£169 million) in the US and Canada.