The stars of hit British comedy The Inbetweeners are celebrating after their new sequel movie smashed a U.K. box office record on Wednesday (06Aug14).

The Inbetweeners 2, starring James Buckley and Simon Bird, received a special midweek opening at 495 cinemas across Britain, and the hugely-anticipated comedy netted $4.6 million (£2.7 million) in ticket sales.

The haul beat the previous opening day tally for a comedy movie set by the first Inbetweeners film in 2011, which took $4.2 million (£2.5 million).

It also ranked as the third-highest midweek opening of any film in the U.K., behind Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in 2009 and 2003's The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.