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Bridget Jones sequel tops the global box office



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 US.

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 Fellner.

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 Grudge.

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