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Last Updated: Monday May 23 2005 11:07 GMT

Final Star Wars breaks US records

Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith has smashed loads of records in the US since it was released last week.

The final instalment of the space saga opened there on more than 9,000 screens and has taken over $150m (82.4m) in the first four days of its release.

The film, which ties up the six part series, also set new two, three and four-day North American records.

But it was still a few million short of beating Spider-Man, which set the opening weekend record in 2002.

Bruce Snyder, president of domestic distribution at 20th Century Fox, described the takings as "staggering".

He said the film was going down so well that some fans had been spotted heading straight back to the box office to buy more tickets as they left cinemas after watching the film.

Revenge of the Sith shows how Jedi Anakin Skywalker crosses over to the dark side and becomes the evil warlord Darth Vader.




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