Story by: Jack Foley
THE latest mis-adventures of Bridget Jones have topped the global
box office, making The Edge of Reason an unqualified success.
The eagerly-anticipated sequel shot to the number one spot in
the UK and Ireland, as well as The Netherlands, Poland and Croatia.
It also performed well in America, where it enjoyed a strong
limited release, and Australia, where receipts totalled $4.3m
(£2.3m) - a 125% increase on the first film.
The film opened in 36 countries across the globe last Friday
(November 12, 2004), taking $26.7m (£14.4m) outside the
The film has therefore given Universal Pictures and Working Title
Films their biggest ever opening weekend, with an amazing £10,435,193,
beating previous records set by Love
Actually (£6.6m), Bridget
Jones’s Diary (£5.7m) and Notting Hill (£4.3m).
It also marks UIP’s second
biggest opening of all time.
British audiences, in particular, flocked to the cinema over
the opening weekend to see Renée Zellweger reprise the
role of the much-loved singleton, Bridget Jones, alongside co-stars
Hugh Grant and Colin Firth.
In total, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason took £10,435,193
in the UK and Ireland, a tally which includes paid previews on
November 13, 14 and 18 of £3,310,918.
The per-theatre average was an outstanding £20,705.
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason was directed by Beeban Kidron
and based on Helen Fielding’s No.1 bestseller; it was adapted
for the screen by Andrew Davies, Helen Fielding, Richard Curtis
and Adam Brooks.
The film is produced by Jonathan Cavendish, Tim Bevan and Eric
Other strong performers in the global box office were Pixar's
The Incredibles, which opens
in the UK this weekend, Richard Gere's Shall We Dance, and Sarah
Michelle Gellar's horror film, The