Mamma Mia! Harry Potter No Longer Top Box Office Record Holder in UK


Oct 31, 2008

Posted by SueTLC

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:


1. Mamma Mia! – £67.2m

class=”bull”>2. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – £61.1m

class=”bull”>3. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – £54.8

class=”bull”>4. The Full Monty – £52.2m

class=”bull”>5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – £49.4m

class=”bull”>6. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – £48.8m

class=”bull”>7. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – £46.1m

class=”bull”>8. Bridget Jones’s Diary – £42m

class=”bull”>9. Love Actually – £36.9m

class=”bull”>10. Bridget Jones: Edge of Reason – £36m

62 Responses to Mamma Mia! Harry Potter No Longer Top Box Office Record Holder in UK

Avatar Image says: first!??!? hp is nr 111 :( greetings from sweden.Avatar Image says: eewwwAvatar Image says: but.... wasn't it awful?????Avatar Image says: somewhat dissapointed in the UK's taste in movies. Avatar Image says: :O Oh well all the HP films together earned way more than Mamma Mia! Lol. And... dare I say it? I hope Twilight doesn't beat PoA on the list.... but I honestly think it could :S *is worried*Avatar Image says: Wow, I'm a little embarrassed by that list. Guess it shouldn't be surprising though, the amount of ads for that film on TV at the moment is a little disgusting.Avatar Image says: Mamma Mia was okay, but it was nothing campared to HP!Avatar Image says: Mamma Mia was okay, but it was nothing campared to HP!Avatar Image says: It is a bit embarrassing were gonna get abit of flack for this. I did think Lord of the Rings, Titanic, Dark Knight or even the Spiderman films would be there. I guess it is British people go watch British films (I know mamma mia is not British but it has allot of Biritsh actors in it). At least all of the 5 HP films are in the top 7.Avatar Image says: I loved mamma mia, i went to see it 5 times but it's nothing compared to Harry Potter, Harry Potter is the best ever film!!!! I think Mamma Mia did so well cos with the credit crunch people want something to cheer them up! Avatar Image says: As an ABBA-fan, I'm happy! Mamma Mia! exceeded my expectations (which weren't extraordinarily high, though), whereas HP&PS as a movie was what I expected (very nice). I can't be that emotional about a film ranking list. If it was about the books, than maybe. But aren't we always complaning about the HP-movies compared to the books? There's worse than a Potter film being second place. (Every time I hear "second place" I think of "moral fiber" :D) Congratulations, Mamma Mia!Avatar Image says: Whaaaaa? I am embarassed now ...Avatar Image says: 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? Avatar Image says: This list is BRITISH films in the UK. Twilight isnt a British film, so it wont make the list. That's why those other films mentioned (like Dark Night) arent on the list. While a bummer, it's not that surprising. I have to admit, I thought Mamma Mia was a LOT of fun . I can see it as the type of movie that people go see when they're looking for something to do, or just want to have a fun night out. it's also a great movie to see when your kids or significant other want to see some brainless action flick or something scary or gory.... it's a long-haul type movie. it may not ever hold a weekend record, but it makes steady money every week.Avatar Image says: 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.Avatar Image says: Lets fave it americans, your list would be full of Star Wars and geeky comic book films :) So I don't know why we should be embarassed about Harry Potter (see! all our Potter films are in the top 10, where as not even the frist film made it into the top 10 US list on imdb!) or even Fully Monty or Bridget Jones, they were fun films! yes, Love Actually should not be there, but one bad one out of ten, nothing shmeful about that. Mamma Mia is a British film because its based on a british musical, no?Avatar Image says: Oops., should be "Let's face it" ;)Avatar Image says: I love ABBA, and Mia is one of my favorite not too disappointed :PAvatar Image says: Not only is it the highest grossing British film in UK but its also the 2nd highest grossing film (US made Titanic being the highest). But all 5 Harry Potter films are in the top 10, thats a big deal! I think this result suggests not that Mama-Mia is the greatest British film but that the movie going public are crying out for something fresh, clean and fun. In the old days, musicals and comedies ruled the box office. High School Musical is proving to be a big craze right now. Mama Mia and High school dont appear to be great films (I havent seen either) but they seem to offer a refreshingly clean good time. Personally, I dont think modern musicals can touch the old classics such as Oliver, Mary Poppins, Sound of Music, Bugsy Malone, Wizard of Oz, Calamity Jane..oh there's hundreds! Avatar Image says: You have got to be kidding me! I haven't seen the film but the amount my friend goes on about it I'm already sick of itAvatar Image says: Oh well i think the 2nd part of Deathly hallows will top mamma mia when it comes out in 2011.Avatar Image says: Nothing stays on the top spot forever. HBP and DH still have a chance of putting it back though. I really liked Mamma Mia, I laughed out loud at it and I love the music. I'm just waiting for it to get off the cinema (it's been ages, no wonder it's earned so much!) so that I can get it on DVD.Avatar Image says: Mamma Mia! was cute, but had a terrible plot. Not like the HP movies haven't destroyed the entire HP plot... but oh well. Maybe if there was only one HP movie, it'd be #1, but we have to go see every single one of 'em. And I know a lot of us just buy HP DVDs since we joined the fandom late.Avatar Image says: Can I just say that number 1, I absolutely loved this film and Julie Walters (aka Mrs Weasley) was just fantastic and so funny (she needs to do comedy more often). Number 2, you can't criticise a film you have not seen, even if you have seen the stage version. Seeing the trailer does not count as, to be honest, I didn't think it looked that good from the trailer but really really enjoyed the film. Number 3, don't get me wrong, I am really glad all the Harry Potter films are in the top ten as they are also excellent. I have not seen the other four so can't comment on them (unlike some). Anyway that's enough of me ranting, I can't wait for Mamma Mia to be released on DVD so I can watch it again.Avatar Image says: We just need a sing-along Harry Potter. Or maybe a hum-along. Mamma Mia was catchy. I enjoyed it, especially Julie Walters as Rosie. My favourite song from the movie was "Take A Chance On Me."Avatar Image says: NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Mama Mia was horrible. WHY!!!!!!! ?????????? maybe im being dramatic but i dont care. Hp will always be the bestAvatar Image says: To be eclipsed by Mamma Mia unfortunate but not surprising. It has a certain camp quality. Top grossing doesn't equal top quality. The top grossing Canadian Film until 2000 was Porky's despite many groundbreaking films that received international acclaim including Oscar buzz. Top grossing usually just means "most likely to get a sequel." Watch for Mamma Mia 2 where a young boy tries to figure out if Donna, Rosie or Tanya is his real mother.Avatar Image says: Didn't notice before about it just being for British films, so it's not so bad. A lot of good British films are just made for TV or on limited release. But yeh, of course I made my contribution to this. I went to see Mamma Mia like everyone else. And got up and sang along. The acting was awful in parts but everyone loves a bit of Abba (okay, par my dad) so I shouldn't be surprised.Avatar Image says: When HBP comes out everyone should go see it like 7 times each. =]Avatar Image says: A film featuring the music of ... ABBA? You mean like "Dancing Queen"? Like a bad 1970's adolescent flashback? The country that brought us Chaucer, Shakespeare, Newton, Tolkien, Alan Turing, Monty Python, Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Dire Straights, The Jam, The English Beat, Joy Division, JKR, this is their top grossing film? Your kidding, right? Like those crop circle hoaxes you Brits came up with (that was rich!) ?Avatar Image says: Well....I don´t care if Mamma Mia makes 10 times more money than all the Harry Potter movies combined....I´ll pick HP over MM at any timeAvatar Image says: wow...that's just pitiful...Mama Mia was horrible!!! Avatar Image says: That's only going to last until HBP comes out and they are making sure of that by adding some ABBA songs to the soundtrack! :-)Avatar Image says: So, what's next? Harry Potter the Musical (shudders). You know it's going to happen someday. But seriously, the quality of a movie is soooo much more important than how much money it makes, so why should we even care about this?Avatar Image says: Wait, over the entire lifetime of Philosopher's Stone in the box office, it only made £61.1m? Really?Avatar Image says: noooooooooooo!!Avatar Image says: Grant According to IMDB Pro, the UK box office was £63,957,673 for 12 weeks at the box office. That's just the UK total (about $120,000,000). The worldwide (non US) total was $651,100,000 and the US total for 48 weeks in theatres was $304,194,876. The worldwide total on the first movie alone was $968,657,891. That's a lot of butterbeer!Avatar Image says: So what! All the hp movies are on the list, ha! Take that. I haven't seen Mama Mia but it looks really good and I know the critics and my family say it's fantastic. Oh well, half blood prince might knock little Mamma Mia from first spot!! Or twilight might top mamma mia. Non of those movie slook half as good as hp. Avatar Image says: Good that a film that I love is replacing HP, but the first HP film held a lot of good memories for me... I think I'm gonna rewatch it for the n-th time now... :XAvatar Image says: I loved Mama Mia! I thought is was ridiculously funny, but agree that the Potter films were better. Lol, that doesn't mean people wouldn't spend more money to see Mama Mia. To be honest I don't really care which one made more money. What's a few more million pounds? It's not like it will affect the fandom or our love for books. I think us potter fans are a little TOO used to franchise being ludicrously popular.Avatar Image says: well i've never seen momma mia but thats why itsz up to us potter fans to put hbp & dh way over the top... at the box office!!!!.. everyone go & see the movie 12 times.. or just buy 12 ticketsssAvatar Image says: I loved Mamma Mia it is an amazing film! Not as good as Harry Potter but it deserves to be on top.Avatar Image says: eu amo e sempre vou amar o harry potter Avatar Image says: omg. that is sooo gay. you KNOW that hp movies deserve to have got first!! ughh.. i am sooo madd!!Avatar Image says: As a musical theatre actor, Mamma Mia was incredibly EMBARASSING! Honestly, Pierce Bronson should never have been allowed to sing, while the rest passed (with the exception of Christine Baranski and Amanda Seyfried) passed for merely mediocre. BUT it's one of those "feel good, turn your brain off" movies - I'm just surprised. Wow.Avatar Image says: wtf lol. I thought the movie did really bad... well it did in the states. But still. This doesn't make sense at all... Avatar Image says: Thats just wrong! What does that say for the Brits....Abba people? Huh?Avatar Image says: Dang it. I hate Mamma Mia even more now :p But I do love the image Leaky put up for this news post. lol That's priceless ^_^Avatar Image says: this sucksAvatar Image says: I watched 'Mamma Mia' with my friend at the cinema, and it's such a chick flick i hate it, i'm a girl, and probably should liek it, but it's Awful! Harry Potter is still the top of my charts! Especially Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire! How Hot Are They In That? xAvatar Image says: You gotta be freakin kidding me.....does this take inflation into account? Avatar Image says: uk box offers harry potter wath the mall in box offers give it to thim don,t miss with thim wood plast give it to thim he meand it rully will Avatar Image says: where is lotr??!!Avatar Image says: Big deal !!!! Mamma Mia released just now and the good thing is that HP has been ruling for years !!! Any new movie cannot never take HP's place !!! It will always been at the top of the charts for all the HP fans, won't it, guys ???? HP was the best, is the best and will be the best, forever !!!!!!Avatar Image says: Sorry,Got to do proof reading !!! I meant to say that any new movie can never take HP's place and it will always be at the top of the charts for all of us !!!!Avatar Image says: Wow... that's kind of awful.Avatar Image says: Just wait until Half Blood Prince comes out - it's gonna blow them ALL away!Avatar Image says: Mamma Mia! was great. Fun and entertaining! It's nothing to feel embaressed about you silly people. It's not like it's High School Musical. Then I would've understand it.Avatar Image says: WOW. They have a very interesting top 10 in the UK...the only big films on there are the Harry Potters. I guess it really does show how different the world is. The top films in America tend to big blockbusters like Titanic, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and Pirates of the Caribbean, but in the UK...Love Actually makes the top 10. I don't think that movie is even in the Top 200 in America. lol. : DAvatar Image says: 1. Is Mamma Mia a British film? And here I thought Meryl streep was from connecticut. LOL. 2. Why isn't James BOnd on that list? That's decidedly British. From the stars to the production staff. 3. It's just okay for me if Mamma Mia tops that list. At least it's a good film. Have you taken a look at what tops American cinemas? sloppy fell good films like "chihuahua". ROFL Avatar Image says: The reason Mamma Mia does well is just because of Abba. It doesn't surprise me. Abba was really popular in Europe (?maybe not in US? I don't know). I still have their music on my ipod (alongside much more modern stuff I hasten to add!) Mind you, I didn't go to see the film as the trailer looked cringeworthy and I didn't want to see Colin Firth sink even lower in my estimation than he's managed so far! @Celia, the one that surprises me is Full Monty. I know it was a big hit in the UK but the fact it made this list I think is remarkable. It was a very low budget film. It's a pity Hot Fuzz didn't get as much exposure in our cinemas because that was miles better. I never saw Love Actually (a slushy romantic comedy?)Avatar Image says: Mamma Mia! is a wonderful light-hearted film and is completely uncomparable to the Harry Potter Films... so please stop doing this! Lord Of The Rings is not there because it is not a British Film, nor are: Spiderman, Titanic, Batman: Dark Knight. LOTR is a NZ film, the rest are American. Mamma Mia! is a British Film, and not because it features several British actors. Beth A got the whole scenario in one! It isn't brilliant viewing, or a literary great (Far from it, the story is as weak as anything), but it's FUN! And Box Office figures are irrelevant, everything depends on the price of the ticket, and the NET profit (For Mamma Mia! that was a very large profit) Oh, and the Soundtrack appears to be going towards the biggest selling album this year, worldwide! (I'm not saying it is, and I'm not saying it isn't)

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