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Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie scores biggest UK film opening since Spectre

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie

Story by Jack Foley

ABSOLUTELY Fabulous: The Movie has scored the biggest UK film opening since last year’s James Bond movie Spectre.

The film version of the popular TV sit-com, starring Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders, took £4.4m over its debut weekend, more than double the three-day total for the Dad’s Army movie, which took £2.1m in February.

It also beat other critically-acclaimed home-grown performers such as Eddie the Eagle, starring Hugh Jackman and Taron Egerton, and The Lady in the Van, starring Dame Maggie Smith.

However, it couldn’t match the opening weekend totals for both Inbetweeners movies, and was some way behind Spectre, which took £6.3m on its opening day alone.

The spin-off, which was also written by Saunders, undoubtedly benefited from better-than-expected reviews as well as being released during Euro 2016, which offered female viewers an alternative night out to the football.

All eyes will now be on seeing how the film holds up in its second weekend, as well as during its international roll-out. Absolutely Fabulous opens in America on July 22, in Australia on August 4 and in Russia in October.

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