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Tuesday, 1 May, 2001, 14:31 GMT 15:31 UK
Bridget Jones conquers UK
Renee Zellweger
Renee Zellweger stars as Jones, the hapless singleton
Romantic comedy Bridget Jones's Diary looks set to be the most successful British film ever made, eclipsing Notting Hill.

The hit romantic comedy - based on Helen Fielding's best-selling novel - has held on to the top of the box office chart in the UK and Ireland for a third week.

It has had record takings of £21m after only three weeks in the cinemas.

And it took £3.5m from 423 cinemas over the weekend, according to Screen International

Julia Roberts
Oscar-winner Roberts stars in The Mexican
It has earned £25m in the US and Canada, but has been pushed out of the number one slot in the box office there by Sylvester Stallone's Driven.

Action drama

The Mexican, which pairs Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts, is a new entry in the chart at number two with ticket sales of £1.1m.

Pitt plays a mobster who must recover an antique pistol called "the Mexican", while Roberts stars as his girlfriend.

The reviews have been mixed but most are in agreement that The Sopranos star James Gandolfini steals the show.

Family adventure Spy Kids, starring Antonio Banderas, slid from two to three with sales of £837,000.

Spy Kids
Spy Kids slips to number three in the box office
The second new entry in the chart is Exit Wounds, an action drama with Steven Seagal.

Seagal plays a tough cop in an inner-city precinct who discovers a web of dirty cops and corruption

Helping Seagal's character to find the truth is crime boss Latrell Walker.

The film opened at number four with sales of £510,000.

Rounding out the top five was the British-produced teen thriller The Hole, which has remained stable in that position.

See also:

24 Apr 01 | Film
Bridget Jones's top two weeks
26 Apr 01 | Film
Movie deal for Bridget sequel
11 Apr 01 | Reviews
Bridget lives up to hype
17 Apr 01 | Reviews
Bridget Jones's Diary: Your views
04 Apr 01 | Film
Men, women and Bridget Jones
04 Apr 01 | Film
How Renée became Bridget
12 May 00 | Entertainment
Bridget Jones star goes undercover
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