Inbetweeners Enjoys Record-breaking Opening At U.K. Box Office

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August 22, 2011 | 11:35am EST

The Inbetweeners Movie enjoyed a record-breaking weekend at the U.K. box office, scoring the biggest opening of all time for a British comedy.
The raucous film, a big-screen spin-off of the popular British sitcom, took $21 million in sales, seeing off Hollywood blockbusters Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Cowboys & Aliens to take the top spot.

The comedy, which focuses on a group of teenage boys enjoying a summer holiday in Greece, stole the record previously held by Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, which took $16 million on the weekend of its release in 2004.

The Inbetweeners Movie’s producer, Chris Young, says, “We are thrilled that The Inbetweeners Movie is the biggest opening of all time for a U.K. comedy. We really want to thank all the cinemagoers out there who have made the film such a huge success.”

Full details of the weekend’s takings at the U.K. box office will be revealed on Tuesday.