'Mamma' top-grossing British film in the U.K.

Musical nears $110 mil mark since opening in July

LONDON -- Phyllida Lloyd's "Mamma Mia!" has become the biggest British movie of all time at the U.K. boxoffice, Universal Pictures International said Wednesday.

The movie, which qualifies as British through the U.K. Film Council's stringent rules, has taken just a handful of pounds short of 67 million pounds ($109.9 million) at the boxoffice here. Only "Titanic," which sailed to 69 million pounds, has taken in more.

According to figures from Nielsen EDI, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" was the previous British record holder with 66 million pounds.

"Since its release in July we've seen people around the world coming back to see the film again and again," UPI president David Kosse said.

Pundits here believe it's only a matter of time before "Mamma Mia!" sinks "Titanic's" boxoffice crown in the U.K.
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