Mamma Mia! – Officially the highest grossing film ever released in the UK!

 Musical film Mamma Mia! has become the highest grossing movie cinema release in the UK, beating 1997 film Titanic.

Mamma Mia! has now taken just over £69m at the box office, narrowly passing Titantic’s record.

The record was broken just a few days after the film picked up two Golden Globe nominations including best actress for star Meryl Streep.

Now in its 23rd week of release, the movie has become the number one film in 15 countries.

David Kosse, president of Universal Pictures International, said breaking the record set nearly 10 years ago was "truly phenomenal".

He added: "This film has exceeded our expectations and delighted audiences around the world since it opened in July."

Titanic, starring Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio, had taken£69,025,646 by the time it had finished its cinema run in 1998.

Mamma Mia! has slightly exceeded that with takings of £69,066,035, while Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is in third place with £66,096,060.

Last week it was announced Mamma Mia! was up for two Golden Globes.

The movie was nominated for best film (musical or comedy) and best actress (musical or comedy).

Streep leads the all-star cast in the feature-film adaptation of the musical based on Abba’s hits, which also features Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Julie Walters and Dominic Cooper.

7 Replies to “Mamma Mia! – Officially the highest grossing film ever released in the UK!”

  1. WOW. I was so excited when I knew they were making this movie, but I never thought it was have much more than a niche market. I also worried that such a film would be so easy to get "wrong" even with the great cast. I am so pleased that it has been so successful.

  2. I think that it’s great that the film has done so fantastically, as I thought it might be a bit niche and potentially a bit of a flop. The only problem I have with statistics like this is that Mamma Mia! and Titanic are ten years apart. It would be interesting to see the figures taking into account a considerable period of inflation.

  3. I was disappointed by the movie and far prefer the stage show but I’m still delighted by the stratospheric success of the film – because it’s built around ABBA tunes – and ABBA rule my heart.

  4. To be honest i think most people prefer the stage show as its more electric but as far as movie versions of stage shows go Mammia Mia is by far the best. It is simply amazing to me that Mamma Mia is now the most successful movie of all time here in the UK….taking over £66M and STILL rising…the sing-a-long version still showing at cinemas. To be honest i did not think it would take over Titanic but it did..Yipee!!!

  5. The Uk paper the Daily Mail in the Saturday issue 27.12.08 had an article called Mamma Mania where a reporter went to one of the sing along showings to see why people are still seeing it at the cinema whens its on DVD. Seems even she gave in to the film’s appeal and the whole audience ended up singing along and dancing during Waterloo, so still some life in the UK run yet it seems.

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