‘Amelie’ conquers Brit B.O.

French pic reaps biggest opening ever

LONDON — Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s “Amelie” has reaped the biggest opening ever for a French-language film in the U.K., grossing £559,747 ($823,000) in its first weekend.

That figure, from 82 prints, puts it second to “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” in the all-time foreign-lingo list. Ang Lee’s film opened with a fraction over $1 million, but had the advantage of being released on the back of its U.S. success. “Amelie” will bow Nov. 6 Stateside via Miramax.

U.K. distrib Momentum Pictures has set its sights on topping the $3.62 million total gross earned by “Cyrano de Bergerac,” the most successful French film with Brit auds.

“Amelie” was the week’s biggest new release, comfortably beating “Driven” and “Original Sin.”

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