LONDON — It’s hard to believe, but six naked and not particularly attractive blokes from Sheffield have toppled Steven Spielberg’s dinosaurs from the top of the U.K.’s all-time box office chart.
After more than five months in release, “The Full Monty” overtook “Jurassic Park” some time on Tuesday evening to become the biggest-grossing film in British box office history.
Peter Cattaneo’s low-budget comedy, which was financed by Fox Searchlight, has taken £47,940,978 ($79.1 million), with 189 prints still in release.
“Jurassic” stands at £47,886,423 ($79.01 million), after its distrib UIP added another £800,000 ($1.32 million) to its previously accepted total to account for kids’ club screenings over the past four years.
20th Century Fox has kept the ball rolling for “Monty” by continuing to spend considerable sums on press advertising throughout the film’s run. In recent weeks the distrib has been playing the patriotic card by explicitly urging filmgoers to help push the pic to the No. 1 slot by going back to see it again.