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Monday, 23 April, 2001, 08:44 GMT 09:44 UK
Bridget Jones tops US box office
Renee Zellweger as Bridget Jones
Renee Zellweger stars as Bridget Jones
British romantic comedy Bridget Jones's Diary has gone to the top of the box office chart in North America, according to studio estimates.

The film is now number one in both the US and the UK and has taken more than $47.7m (£33m) since it opened in cinemas 10 days ago.

North America box office
1. Bridget Jones's Diary
2. Spy Kids
3. Along Came A Spider
4. Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles
5. Freddy Got Fingered
Based on Helen Fielding's popular book, Bridget Jones jumped three places in the US chart after it opened on 600 more screens than in the previous week.

The film has also benefited from repeat visits, according to Mark Gill, president of Miramax's Los Angeles operations, the film's distributors.

Driving factor

Women were the driving factor, taking friends on one weekend and husbands or boyfriends the next, he said.

The film is now on course to repeat the success of Notting Hill and Four Weddings and a Funeral, two of the most successful British comedies ever made.

Spy Kids
Spy Kids slips to number two in the box office
Elsewhere in the chart, Paul Hogan's third Crocodile Dundee film opened in fourth place, taking $8m (£5.5m).

Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles opened throughout North America on Friday and reportedly cost about $25m (£17.3m) to produce.

The first two films took more than £120m at the US box office.

Tom Green's film Freddy Got Fingered opened at number five, with $7.3 (£5m) million in takings.

Green, husband of actress Drew Barrymore, starred in and directed the film, which suffered because of an R rating, meaning adults have to accompany teenagers to the film.

The film appeals many to teenage boys, according to marketing research.

Robert Rodriguez's film Spy Kids and the Morgan Freeman thriller Along Came A Spider remained at number two and three in the chart respectively.

See also:

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Bridget Jones's Diary: Your views
06 Apr 01 | Film
US eager for Bridget Jones
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16 Apr 01 | Film
Hat-trick for Spy Kids
04 Apr 01 | New Media
Bridget Jones fans set to txt
04 Apr 01 | Film
Men, women and Bridget Jones
04 Apr 01 | Oscars 2002
How Renée became Bridget
12 May 00 | Entertainment
Bridget Jones star goes undercover
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