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Last Updated: Tuesday, 23 May 2006, 17:24 GMT 18:24 UK
Da Vinci falls short of UK record
Paul Bettany as Silas in The Da Vinci Code
The Da Vinci Code stars Paul Bettany as murderous monk Silas
The Da Vinci Code movie has taken 9.5m at box offices in the UK and Ireland in its first three days of release.

That puts it at number 15 on the all-time list of the most successful opening weekends, according to box office company Nielsen EDI.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, which made 23.9m when it made its debut in 2004, holds the record.

And The Da Vinci Code is not the top film of 2006 so far - Ice Age 2 took 275,000 more in its first weekend.

The film performed less well in these countries than it has in the rest of the world.

1. The Da Vinci Code - 9.5m
2. Mission: Impossible III - 1.84m
3. Prime - 562,000
4. Ice Age II - 457,000
5. Waiting - 308,000
Friday-Sunday. Source: UK Film Council/Nielsen EDI
It took $224m (119m) in ticket sales around the globe between Friday and Sunday, according to studio estimates - putting it second on the all-time international list.

Only Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, which earned $253m (135m) in its first weekend last year, has made more money on its debut.

In the US and Canada, The Da Vinci Code raked in $77m (41m) in its first weekend - the 13th highest opening takings in North American film history.

But it easily eclipsed its box office rivals in the UK and Ireland this weekend, with Mission: Impossible III a distant second with 1.8m.

Uma Thurman's romantic comedy Prime is in third with 562,000, with Ice Age 2: The Meltdown still popular in fourth place with 457,000.

Meanwhile, the government in the north-east Indian state of Nagaland has decided to ban The Da Vinci Code because they say it is "blasphemous and offensive".


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