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Bridget Jones's Baby makes UK box office history

Bridget Jones's Baby

Story by Jack Foley

BRIDGET Jonese’s Baby has made UK box office history by becoming the country’s biggest romantic comedy of all time.

The belated third film in the series, which brings back Renee Zellweger to the role of Bridget, has now taken £42.24m in the UK, which is also enough to overtake Bridget Jones’s Diary‘s total of £42m.

It’s also now within touching distance of Pixar’s Finding Dory, currently the second biggest grossing film of 2016, with £42.25m – although it remains some way behind the year’s top grosser to date, Disney’s live-action version of The Jungle Book, which has earned £46.1m.

Elsewhere at the UK box office, Emily Blunt’s The Girl On The Train held off the challenge posed by Tom Hanks’ Inferno to cling to the top spot.

After 12 days, the murder mystery The Girl On The Train has grossed an impressive £13.7m, which compares with £9.8m for Gone Girl – to which it has regularly been compared – at the same stage of its run.

Inferno, the third film in the series inspired by Dan Brown’s books, took £2.97m in its opening weekend, some way behind previous films The Da Vinci Code (£9.50m) and Angels & Demons (£6.05m).

Based on the performance of the previous film, Inferno looks to be heading for a total of about £11m.

Animated film Storks lies in third place at the UK box office, with £2,247,038, while a one-off performance of Miss Saigon: 25th Anniversary Performance took fourth spot. Bridget Jones’s Baby lies in fifth.

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