Mamma Mia! Harry Potter No Longer Top Box Office Record Holder in UK
October 31, 2008, 10:06 AM
New figures released today show that Mamma Mia has now become the highest-grossing British film at the UK box office, taking over the spot long held by Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone film. According to the BBC, after 16 weeks of release the film has taken in £67.2m (British Pounds), beating Sorcerer's/Philosopher's record earning £66.1m.
Of the Mamma Mia film, the BBC states "Sing-along versions of the film in cinemas have also helped boost the film's success.
"What is interesting is the speed at which it has gotten to this
level," David Kosse, president of Universal Pictures International told
industry paper Screen International.We are ahead of Harry Potter and continue to be ahead of Titanic at this stage, and we think it still has some life in it.
"One driver is the multiple viewings with people going back to
see it again and again. It really is happening on a scale that we
haven't seen before."
The Harry Potter films still hold many spots on the list as noted below:
TOP BRITISH FILMS AT UK BOX OFFICE
1. Mamma Mia! - £67.2m
2. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - £61.1m
3. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - £54.8
4. The Full Monty - £52.2m
5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - £49.4m
6. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - £48.8m
7. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - £46.1m
8. Bridget Jones's Diary - £42m
9. Love Actually - £36.9m
10. Bridget Jones: Edge of Reason - £36m
Ok, I admit, I did go to see it 5 times, and yes I loved it! It was a perfect pick-me-up film showing during one of the most awful summers we’ve had. But I also saw POA 7 times, ROTK 7 times, GOF 6 times. The thing is, if I like something, I tend to like it a lot. Yes its a shame the HP films have been knocked of the top spot, but do box office figures really matter?
I saw the play when it came on tour to Dallas, TX years ago, totally aweful, I didn’t care how good the actors were that were going to be in the movie, I refused to go see it, they can’t make up for the crap story line, Again sorry if other people like it, I don’t. It makes me a little sad that it is #1 but it did have a awesome cast so what can I say.