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Matrix Revolutions breaks global box office records


Story by: Jack Foley

CRITICS may still be arguing over the merits of the final part of the Matrix trilogy, but that didn’t stop the fans from rushing out to see it.

The Matrix Revolutions took $204m (£120m) at cinemas around the world in a record-breaking opening weekend, having been released on Wednesday (November 5) at exactly the same time on 18,000 screens, in about 100 countries.

Delighted studio bosses at Warner Bros claimed it became the biggest global film opening of all time, beating the $188m (£110m) taken by 2002's Lord of the Rings sequel, The Two Towers, and laying down the gauntlet for the final part in Tolkien’s trilogy, The Return of the King, when it opens on December 17.

The film’s healthy start ensures its place as one of the biggest franchises in cinematic history, and dismisses any fears that the final chapter may have suffered from bad word of mouth, or a lack of interest following the ‘disappointment’ of its first sequel, Reloaded, earlier this year.

However, given that the first two films - The Matrix (1999) and Reloaded (2003) - have already made almost $1.2bn (£710m), combined, in worldwide ticket sales, the opening figures for Revolutions are hugely impressive.

In America and Canada alone, Revolutions amassed $50.2m (£29.58m) between Friday and Sunday, bringing the total since Wednesday to $85.5m (£50.3m).

Opening over the same weekend was Richard Curtis’ romantic comedy, Love Actually, which took $6.6 m (£3.89m), and which boasts a massive cast of Brits, including Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Liam Neeson, Alan Rickman and flavour of the moment, Keira Knightley.

Will Ferrell’s family comedy, Elf, co-starring James Caan, opened at no 2 in the US, taking $32.1m (£18.92m) over the weekend.

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