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Sunday, 19 May, 2002, 19:55 GMT 20:55 UK
Box office feels Star Wars' Force
Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen appear in Star Wars
Star Wars features Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen
The new Star Wars film has taken United States box offices by storm - but failed to break the record for the most successful opening of all time.

It recorded the third highest total for a film's first weekend - behind Spider-Man and the Harry Potter movie.

Spider-Man
Spider-Man has held the box office record
Taking more than $86m (£59m) between Friday and Sunday, it trailed Spider-Man's $114m (£78m) record and Harry Potter's $90m (£62m).

The totals could be seen as a blow to George Lucas' Star Wars franchise - but it has been showing on fewer screens than Spider-Man was when it opened.

Star Wars: Episode II - The Attack of the Clones has now taken a total of $116.3m (£79.8m) in the US and Canada since being released on Thursday.

The fifth instalment in the cult Star Wars series that began in 1977, it was one of the most hotly-anticipated films of the year.

US and Canada cinema top five
1. Star Wars: Episode II
2. Spider-Man
3. Unfaithful
4. About A Boy
5. The New Guy
Source: Studio estimates
It opened to warmer reviews than Episode I - The Phantom Menace, which was widely seen as a disappointment when it was released in 1999.

But that film still went on to be the fourth most successful movie in US cinema history, earning $431m (£296m).

The Attack of the Clones was showing on about 6,000 screens across the country - 1,500 less than Spider-Man when that film opened two weeks earlier.

Spider-Man is still attracting cinema-goers, setting a new record for a film in its third weekend.

About A Boy
About A Boy was a hit in the UK
It was pushed down to number two in the chart, but still took $46m (£31.5m) between Friday and Sunday.

Hugh Grant's latest film, About A Boy, which has become the most successful British film of the year in the UK, found it hard to compete with the blockbusters in the US.

It took $8.4m (£5.8m) in its opening weekend, just behind Richard Gere's Unfaithful, with $10.3m (£7.1m).

The Attack of the Clones will have taken millions more in ticket receipts elsewhere around the world, but those figures have not yet been released.

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Yes
 31.27% 

No
 68.73% 

8695 Votes Cast

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