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Last Updated: Tuesday, 31 July 2007, 12:47 GMT 13:47 UK
Simpsons film tops record weekend
Homer Simpson - 20th Century Fox/ Matt Groening
The Simpsons Movie topped the UK and Ireland box office
The Simpsons Movie helped British cinemas to a record-breaking weekend, with 5.5m people watching films across the country.

Some 2.6m people saw The Simpsons Movie alone, with other attractions including the latest Harry Potter and Shrek movies, Transformers and Hairspray.

The hit movies meant British and Irish cinemas took over 20m in ticket sales.

The previous record weekend saw 4m flock to see films including Casino Royale and Borat in November 2006.

This weekend, people spent over 13.6 million on tickets for The Simpsons Movie, over 8.7 million on seats to watch Transformers and over 3.4 million on tickets for Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix.

UK/ IRELAND BOX OFFICE
1. The Simpsons Movie -
13,626,853
2. Transformers - 8,718,561
3. Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix - 3,411,017
4. Hairspray - 1,390,389
5. Shrek the Third - 730,493
Figures cover Fri-Sun plus preview screenings for The Simpsons and Transformers.
Source: Screen International
'Variety'

Although the summer blockbusters dominated, there was also room for more specialised films.

Approximately 50,000 UK cinema-goers chose one of the following five releases: Partner, Sherrybaby, La Vie en Rose, Tell No One or Moliere.

Film Distributors' Association chief executive Mark Batey said: "The brave decision to open at the same time as the summer blockbusters has certainly paid off for films like Sherrybaby.

"There is an amazing strength and variety of films out there which give audiences, with perhaps a more independent spirit, an alternative."




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