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Finding Nemo's box office splash
Finding Nemo
Finding Nemo is the biggest animated film of all time in the US
Animated film Finding Nemo has made a swimming debut at the UK box office, taking more than 150,000 from just two cinemas in its first three days.

The film does not go on general UK release until Friday - but has been at two cinemas in London and Manchester.

Between Friday and Monday, it took an average of 76,397 per screen - nine times that of the top film, Bad Boys 2, which took 3.2m from 383 screens.

The underwater caper is about a fish's quest to rescue his kidnapped son.

It has also become the most popular animation in US cinema history, taking almost $340m (205m) since opening there in May.

UK/Ireland Top Five
1. Bad Boys 2
2. Calendar Girls
3. The Italian Job
4. Down With Love
5. Pirates Of The Caribbean
Source: Screen International
It is the latest in a string of hits made by Pixar that began in 1995 with Toy Story and also includes Monsters Inc, A Bug's Life and Toy Story 2.

Finding Nemo's takings put it at number 11 in the latest UK box office chart - higher than films like Young Adam and American Pie 3, which were at more than 100 cinemas each.

With Bad Boys 2 at the top, last week's number one, Calendar Girls, dropped a place to number two.

Down With Love, a 60s-set romantic comedy starring Ewan McGregor and Renee Zellweger, debuted at four.

The only other new entry in the top ten was Stephen Fry's directorial debut Bright Young Things.

The comedy-drama, based on Evelyn Waugh's Vile Bodies, took 327,293 to land in the charts at number eight.

The next two weeks will not only see the wide release of Finding Nemo, but also the UK debut of Quentin Tarantino's much-hyped fourth film Kill Bill.

Cabin Fever, a low-budget teen horror film, is also tipped to do well when it is released on Friday.


SEE ALSO:
Finding Nemo breaks animation record
23 Aug 03  |  Entertainment
Finding Nemo back on top
16 Jun 03  |  Entertainment
Finding Nemo hooks US audiences
02 Jun 03  |  Entertainment
Italian Job tops box office chart
23 Sep 03  |  Entertainment


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