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Last Updated: Tuesday May 24 2005 16:06 GMT

Episode III sets UK cinema record

Fans queue to watch Star Wars
Star Wars film Revenge of the Sith has had the biggest opening ever in the UK, making 14m in just four days.

It took more than 10 times as much as the second-placed film, Monster-In-Law, to seal the number one spot.

Episode III beat the four-day record set in 2002 by the last Star Wars film, Attack of the Clones, by almost 3m.

And the film has been a huge hit with fans around the world, selling more than $300m (163.5m) of tickets since it opened in cinemas on 19 May.

Included in that is the biggest ever opening day for a film in US history, making an amazing $50,013,859 (27,370,585) on its first day of release.

A pirate Star Wars DVD on sale in China
Illegal Star Wars DVDs are already on sale in China
Some experts think Revenge of the Sith could be the first film ever to take more than $500m (273m) around the world in one week.

The film has been released around the world at the same time to try and stop people selling illegal copies of it.

But cheap DVDs of Episode III are already on sale in China, even though they've got subtitles that are nothing to do with the film.




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