Mamma Mia Breaks Titanic's UK Box Office Recordby Contributor | 16 December 2008
Musical Mamma Mia! has become the highest grossing film ever released in the UK, surpassing Titanic's record.
The West End adaptation has taken £69,066,035 to become the most successful film of all time at the UK box office.
The Universal Pictures release recently became the successful British film ever released in the UK, after overtaking the box office haul of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.
And after 23 weeks on release - it is already available on DVD - Phyllida Lloyd's film has narrowly passed Titanic's ten-year-old record.
David Kosse, president of Universal Pictures International, said Mamma Mia's success was "truly phenomenal".
He added: "This film has exceeded our expectations and delighted audiences around the world since it opened in July."
The film, which stars Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, and Colin Firth, has also become the number one film of the year in 15 other countries, including Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Greece, Hungary, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Cyprus and Sweden.
Based on the songs of Abba, the musical - written by Catherine Johnson with music and lyrics by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus - tells of a young girl's (Amanda Seyfried) wedding on a Greek island, to which she invites the three men who could be her father (Brosnan, Firth and Stellan Skarsgard).
It was last week nominated for two Golden Globes - best film (musical or comedy) and best actress (musical or comedy) for Meryl Streep.