'Mamma' sinks 'Titanic' record in the U.K.

Musical has grossed $105.3 mil since summer

LONDON -- Universal Pictures International can finally boast that Phyllida Lloyd's "Mamma Mia!" is the highest-grossing movie ever released in the U.K., sailing past the previous record holder, "Titanic."

Lloyd's romantic musical comedy finally sank the 10-year grip "Titanic" has had on the record with her film singing its way to 69.1 million pounds ($105.8 mil million), while the James Cameron drama sailed away with 69 million pounds in 1998.

"Mamma Mia!" broke the longstanding record just days after the film picked up two Golden Globe nominations for best picture (musical or comedy) and best actress (musical or comedy) for star Meryl Streep.

UPI president David Kosse described the success of "Mamma" as "truly phenomenal."

"This boxoffice record is a tribute to producer Judy Craymer, director Phyllida Lloyd and our brilliant cast who worked so hard on this film," Kosse said.
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