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Mamma Mia! Harry Potter No Longer Top Box Office Record Holder in UK

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Posted by: sue
October 31, 2008, 10:06 AM

New figures released today show that Mamma Mia has now become the highest-grossing British film at the UK box office, taking over the spot long held by Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone film. According to the BBC, after 16 weeks of release the film has taken in £67.2m (British Pounds), beating Sorcerer's/Philosopher's record earning £66.1m.

Of the Mamma Mia film, the BBC states "Sing-along versions of the film in cinemas have also helped boost the film's success.

"What is interesting is the speed at which it has gotten to this level," David Kosse, president of Universal Pictures International told industry paper Screen International.We are ahead of Harry Potter and continue to be ahead of Titanic at this stage, and we think it still has some life in it.

"One driver is the multiple viewings with people going back to see it again and again. It really is happening on a scale that we haven't seen before."

 The Harry Potter films still hold many spots on the list as noted below:

TOP BRITISH FILMS AT UK BOX OFFICE

1. Mamma Mia! - £67.2m

2. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - £61.1m
3. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - £54.8
4. The Full Monty - £52.2m
5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - £49.4m
6. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - £48.8m
7. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - £46.1m
8. Bridget Jones's Diary - £42m
9. Love Actually - £36.9m
10. Bridget Jones: Edge of Reason - £36m

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61 Comments

Sonja

Well….I don´t care if Mamma Mia makes 10 times more money than all the Harry Potter movies combined….I´ll pick HP over MM at any time

Posted by Sonja on November 01, 2008, 12:08 AM report to moderator
Jordan

wow…that’s just pitiful…Mama Mia was horrible!!!

Posted by Jordan on November 01, 2008, 12:22 AM report to moderator
Ravenclaw from Glenn

That’s only going to last until HBP comes out and they are making sure of that by adding some ABBA songs to the soundtrack! :-)

Posted by Ravenclaw from Glenn on November 01, 2008, 12:28 AM report to moderator
Martha

So, what’s next? Harry Potter the Musical (shudders). You know it’s going to happen someday. But seriously, the quality of a movie is soooo much more important than how much money it makes, so why should we even care about this?

Posted by Martha on November 01, 2008, 02:02 AM report to moderator
Grant

Wait, over the entire lifetime of Philosopher’s Stone in the box office, it only made £61.1m? Really?

Posted by Grant on November 01, 2008, 03:44 AM report to moderator
brie

noooooooooooo!!

Posted by brie on November 01, 2008, 03:51 AM report to moderator
Ravenclaw from Glenn

Grant

According to IMDB Pro, the UK box office was £63,957,673 for 12 weeks at the box office. That’s just the UK total (about $120,000,000). The worldwide (non US) total was $651,100,000 and the US total for 48 weeks in theatres was $304,194,876. The worldwide total on the first movie alone was $968,657,891. That’s a lot of butterbeer!

Posted by Ravenclaw from Glenn on November 01, 2008, 04:58 AM report to moderator
peter

So what! All the hp movies are on the list, ha! Take that. I haven’t seen Mama Mia but it looks really good and I know the critics and my family say it’s fantastic. Oh well, half blood prince might knock little Mamma Mia from first spot!! Or twilight might top mamma mia. Non of those movie slook half as good as hp.

Posted by peter on November 01, 2008, 06:34 AM report to moderator
Cindy

Good that a film that I love is replacing HP, but the first HP film held a lot of good memories for me… I think I’m gonna rewatch it for the n-th time now… :X

Posted by Cindy on November 01, 2008, 09:46 AM report to moderator
IndigoMisfit

I loved Mama Mia! I thought is was ridiculously funny, but agree that the Potter films were better. Lol, that doesn’t mean people wouldn’t spend more money to see Mama Mia.

To be honest I don’t really care which one made more money. What’s a few more million pounds? It’s not like it will affect the fandom or our love for books. I think us potter fans are a little TOO used to franchise being ludicrously popular.

Posted by IndigoMisfit on November 01, 2008, 02:18 PM report to moderator
bittany

well i’ve never seen momma mia but thats why itsz up to us potter fans to put hbp & dh way over the top… at the box office!!!!.. everyone go & see the movie 12 times.. or just buy 12 ticketsss

Posted by bittany on November 01, 2008, 03:14 PM report to moderator
Marie

I loved Mamma Mia it is an amazing film! Not as good as Harry Potter but it deserves to be on top.

Posted by Marie on November 01, 2008, 03:55 PM report to moderator
becca

omg. that is sooo gay. you KNOW that hp movies deserve to have got first!! ughh.. i am sooo madd!!

Posted by becca on November 01, 2008, 04:40 PM report to moderator
Andrea

As a musical theatre actor, Mamma Mia was incredibly EMBARASSING! Honestly, Pierce Bronson should never have been allowed to sing, while the rest passed (with the exception of Christine Baranski and Amanda Seyfried) passed for merely mediocre. BUT it’s one of those “feel good, turn your brain off” movies – I’m just surprised.

Wow.

Posted by Andrea on November 01, 2008, 05:15 PM report to moderator
Rae

wtf lol. I thought the movie did really bad… well it did in the states. But still. This doesn’t make sense at all…

Posted by Rae on November 01, 2008, 05:25 PM report to moderator
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