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Tuesday, 30 November, 1999, 12:42 GMT
Bond's box office haul
Pierce Brosnan's Bond is a box office hit

The latest James Bond Film, The World Is Not Enough, has rocketed to the top of the UK box office after taking 6.2m over the weekend.

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Pierce Brosnan's third outing as 007 was also the biggest opening for a Bond film in Britain and the fourth highest-grossing UK opening of all time - behind Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, Men In Black and Independence Day.

Initial receipts for the movie are 72% up on the last Bond film, 1997's Tomorrow Never Dies, which was the previous highest-grossing 007 film - taking 3.6m in its opening weekend.

The World Is Not Enough also broke box office records in the US last week.

It netted an estimated $37m (23.25m) at the US box office over the weekend of 19 November - the best ever opening for a Bond film in the States.

It was also the largest ever three-day weekend opening in studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's 75-year history.

The World Is Not Enough slipped to number two in the US this week, but it has still stirred up a massive $76.3m (47.7m) of business in less than two weeks.

Anakin Skywalker in The Phantom Menace The Star Wars franchise is catching up fast
The Bond franchise is also more popular than ever in south-east Asia.

When The World Is Not Enough opened in Malaysia and Singapore, it beat the opening weekend haul for Star Wars:The Phantom Menace set earlier this year.

Perhaps more significantly, the success of the latest film will see the total box office revenue for the 37-year-old James Bond franchise pass the $3bn mark.

However, it is believed that Star Wars - the other mega money-spinning film franchise - is catching up - and George Lucas' series is only 22 years old.

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