Wednesday, June 2, 1999 Published at 10:30 GMT 11:30 UK
Notting Hill has The Force
Waking up to Notting Hill: Hugh Grant in the romantic comedy
Romantic comedy Notting Hill, starring Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts, has broken box office records in the US - enjoying the strongest-ever opening for a romantic comedy.
It took $27.7m (£17.2m) over the four-day Memorial Day holiday weekend - though it was dwarfed by the second weekend of the Star Wars prequel, The Phantom Menace.
Notting Hill is also doing well with British audiences - taking £4.3m over the Bank Holiday weekend, according to Screen International magazine.
But in the US, The Phantom Menace is still light years ahead of the pack. It took $66.9m (£41.5m), pushing it comfortably over the $200m mark in just 13 days - a feat which took Independence Day 21 days to achieve in 1996.
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