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Matrix Reloaded a global phenomenon



Story by: Jack Foley

THE Matrix Reloaded has become a global phenomenon, breaking Box Office records wherever it opens despite a lukewarm reaction from critics and some fans.

The highly-anticipated sequel to 1999's surprise sci-fi hit has so far raked in an impressive $550 million (£343m) in global ticket sales - smashing the $300m it took to make it, and the forthcoming sequel, Revolutions.

In Britain alone, it has made $19.8m, where it enjoyed the fourth-biggest opening weekend of all time in the UK, and the biggest ever for a film rated 15 or higher.

And last weekend alone, it amassed a further $42m worldwide.

The biggest success, however, has been reserved for the Japanese market, where it took more than Y2.2 bn (£11.5m) over the opening weekend, including nearly Y892m (£5m) from advanced previews.

On May 31, the film took Y465m (£2.5m) to beat the biggest one-day record, held by Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, smashing Japanese Box Office records in the process.

According to a spokesman from Warner Bros, the distributors, the opening figure was more than two-and-a-half times larger than that of the original, and almost twice that of last year's Spider-Man.

The Matrix Reloaded will be followed in November by the final part of the trilogy, Revolutions - the trailer for which appears at the end of the current movie.

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