Film scores $1.45 million at 86 U.K. screens

LONDON — Demonstrating Brit cinema auds growing appetite for 3-D fare, opener “My Bloody Valentine 3-D” ripped off a record-breaking £1 million ($1.45 million) at 86 3-D U.K. screens this weekend, according to Lionsgate U.K.

Going out on all available 3-D screens in Blighty, the pic bested previous top 3-D three-day opener “Beowulf,” which dragged home $740,000 (£510,000) at 51 3-D wickets.

“Bloody Valentine” also bowed at 101 2-D screens, where it pulled a more modest but still bouncy $460,420.

The screen average differential — $17,237 for 3-D compared with $4,557 for 2-D — underlines the excitement surrounding 3-D releases and bodes well for the fleet of big-budget 3-D event movies hitting wickets later this year.

With 2-D and 3-D grosses combined, “Bloody Valentine” placed fourth in the weekend charts, which were bossed by socko hit “Slumdog Millionaire.”

Boosted by awards season buzz and red-hot word-of-mouth, Danny Boyle’s Mumbai-set thriller leapt up 44% in its soph sesh to take top spot and move the 10-day cume to $8.6 million.

Overall U.K. box office is flying in early 2009. A remarkable six films passed £1 million ($1.45 million) this weekend — a real rarity.

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