E4 spin-off overtakes record held by Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason after taking £13.2m in opening weekend
The Inbetweeners Movie has overtaken Bridget Jones sequel The Edge of Reason to record the biggest box office opening of any UK comedy with takings of more than £13m in the opening weekend, despite only costing a reported £3.5m to make.
The Inbetweeners Movie is a 2011 British comedy film directed by Ben Palmer, who directed all six episodes of the second series and all but the last of the third of The Inbetweeners, and produced by Christopher Young who produced all three series of the TV show. The film follows the four main characters on holiday in Malia, Crete. Filming began on 6 February 2011 with filming beginning in Mallorca, Spain on 19 February 2011. It stars Simon Bird, Joe Thomas, James Buckley and Blake Harrison. It was released in the UK on 17 August 2011.
The film, which consists of four teenage friends going on a ‘lads’ holiday before they go their separate ways after High School, received mixed reviews from some critics, with Ian Freer of Empire saying, ”Like any holiday, it is episodic and suffers from repetition but this is gag-for-gag the funniest film of the summer and a fitting end to a much-loved series. So long boys, it’s been great to know you.”
The film brings the sitcom, which delivered record ratings for E4, to an end after plans for two special episodes were ditched.
£13,200,000 (UK) (23 August 2011)
£35,000,000 (UK) (7 September 2011)