The U.K. Flick Bigger Than 'Pirates'

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Made for $5.7 million, the bawdy "Inbetweeners" has bettered blockbusters for four weeks as a U.S. bow awaits.

Few could have predicted that the big-screen version of an obscure British TV show would best some of Hollywood's biggest summer releases at the U.K. box office. But The Inbetweeners Movie, a bawdy comedy about four hapless teenage boys on vacation, has done just that. The film, which hit U.K. theaters Aug. 17, posted the country's No. 1 opening week of all time for a live-action comedy, taking in $32.9 million. That puts the Entertainment Film Distributors release ahead of a slew of summer blockbusters including Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides ($18.3 million) and Transformers: Dark of the Moon ($16.9 million). Made for a reported $5.7 million, Inbetweeners has gone on to earn a whopping $62.3 million, clinging to the top spot at the U.K. box office in its fourth week despite such Hollywood competition as Friends With Benefits. As Stuart Ford's IM Global began a major sales push for Inbetweeners in Toronto, the decision to hold off introducing the film to foreign buyers until after its U.K. debut is looking like a shrewd move, with a U.S. bow now possible. "Rather than show the movie early, we wanted to let the U.K. release unfold," says Ford. "It's headed for the record books, and it's better to have that information."

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