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
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.