Magazine article Screen International

The Inbetweeners Movie on Top in the UK with Massive [Pounds]13.2m

Magazine article Screen International

The Inbetweeners Movie on Top in the UK with Massive [Pounds]13.2m

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Cowboys & Aliens disappoints on £1.8m as Rise Of The Planet of the Apes is nearest challenger on £2.4m

Entertainment's comedy The Inbetweeners Movie has smashed a number of records on debut in the UK, grossing £13.2m from 453 sites at a stunning location average of £29,176. £4.6m came from two days of previews.

On one of the UK's last big weekends for summer releases, The Inbetweeners Movie upstaged three US studio hopefuls including Paramount's big-budget action Cowboys And Aliens, which saw its target-demographic flock to the gross-out comedy instead.

The mid-August box office surge - last weekend was £6m up on the previous frame - was largely down to Film 4/Young Bwark's feature with clear daylight between the UK production and its rival openers, all of whom disappointed.

The debut already sits among savvy Entertainment's top-ten biggest UK-grossers after one weekend, behind huge hits The Lord Of The Rings trilogy, Sex And The City, The Golden Compass, two of the Austin Powers films and My Big Fat Greek Wedding, which it will overtake early this week.

The film has already bettered the same distributor's comedy successes Wedding Crashers (£13m) and Rush Hour 2 (£11m).

Fox's Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes turned in the week's second best performance, holding on £2.4m from 494 screens for £11.7m, £1m more than Tim Burton's popular 2001 remake had made in its equivalent week, but Paramount's big-budget, all-star action-sci fi Cowboys & Aliens bombed in third, taking only £1. …

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