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'Slumdog' breaks records at UK top spot

Published on: Thursday, 22nd January 2009 05:43 AM     By      Administrator

Slumdog Millionaire has broken the UK box office record for the most successful second weekend. Following its success at the Golden Globes and BAFTA nominations, Danny Boyle's film took £2.6 million, a 44% increase on its opening weekend. Will Smith's Seven Pounds settles for second spot, while last week's number one Role Models slips to third. (news From Digitalspy)

Slumdog Smashes Second-week Takings Record

21 January 2009 4:04 AM, PST | From | See recent WENN news

Award-winning movie Slumdog Millionaire has surged to the top of the U.K. box office chart with a huge increase in takings - beating the record previously set by Billy Elliot.

The film, directed by Danny Boyle, saw its profits soar by 47 per cent to $8.6 million (GBP6.2 million) in its second week of release, catapulting it into the number one spot ahead of Will Smith's new drama Seven Pounds.

Seann William Scott and Paul Rudd's comedy Role Models fell from first to third, while My Bloody Valentine 3-D debuted at number four.

The top five was rounded out by Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway's romantic comedy Bride Wars.

Dave Thurston, managing director of Nielsen Edi, the industry body that monitors box office sales, praised Slumdog Millionaire for setting a new U.K. record.

He says, "It's incredible - 47 per cent is the biggest ever increase for a U.K. saturation release - it really is a box office phenomenon, breaking the record previously held by Billy Elliot's 13 per cent. It is clearly a hit."