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Sunday, 6 May, 2001, 18:34 GMT 19:34 UK
Mummy sequel raids US box office
Fraser (right) with wrestler The Rock and writer-director Stephen Sommers
Fraser (right) with wrestler The Rock and writer-director Stephen Sommers
The Mummy Returns has become the highest-grossing non-holiday film of all time after its first weekend on release in the US.

The sequel to 1999's The Mummy took more than $70m (£49m) on Friday and Saturday, overtaking previous record-holder, Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace.

Sylvester Stallone
Stallone: Wrote and co-starred in Driven
And it ranks as the second biggest opener ever, after 1997's The Lost World: Jurassic Park which reaped $72 million.

Last weekend's number one, Sylvester Stallone's Driven, dropped to number two, taking a relatively paltry $6.1m (£4.2m).

And British hit Bridget Jones' Diary fell to number three, taking $6m according to studio estimates.

The Mummy Returns, packed with special effects, cost $100m (£69.5m) to make and sees Brendan Fraser reprise his role as tomb raider Rick O'Connell.

He was reportedly paid $12.5m (£8.7m) for the role.

The Mummy Returns
The Mummy Returns is the second biggest opener
The sequel sees the action set in London, when the mummy Imhotep is transported to the British Museum.

It also stars British actresses Rachael Weisz and Donna Air, and is due to be released in the UK on 18 May.

The first instalment took $43.4 (£30m) in its opening weekend exactly two years ago.

Driven, which was written by and co-stars Stallone, was top of the box office chart for one week.

It casts the star as a washed-up racing driver who helps his young protégé get his season back on track.

And Bridget Jones' Diary - which is set to be the most successful British film ever made - has now taken more than $42m (£29m) at American box offices.

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