‘Inbetweeners’ breaks U.K. records

Brit teen laffer nabs $21.8 mil from 455 sites

U.K. teen laffer “The Inbetweeners Movie” has notched up the biggest weekend opening ever for a local indie comedy in Blighty and Ireland, taking £13.2 million ($21.8 million) from 455 sites.

The figures, which include two days of previews ($4.3 million on Wednesday and $3.2 million on Thursday), trumped the previous biggest Brit comedy, “Bridget Jones: Edge of Reason,” which grossed $17.2 million in its first weekend in 2004.

It far surpassed the opening take of “The King’s Speech,” which grossed $5.5 million, and even beat Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” ($19.1 million) and “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” ($17.7 million).

“The Inbetweeners Movie,” distributed by Entertainment Film Distributors and produced by Film4, is a $5.8 million spinoff from Channel 4’s eponymous hit sitcom about four socially troubled teenage boys played by Simon Bird, Joe Thomas, James Buckley and Blake Harrison. In the feature, the gang head to Crete for two weeks to meet girls.

Penned by show’s creators and writers Damon Beesley and Iain Morris, pic’s directed by Ben Palmer and produced by Christopher Young.

IM Global has sold “The Inbetweeners Movie” in Spain (Aurum), Canada (Maple Pictures), France (French Connection) and Germany (Square One Entertainment), a feat for such a local comedy. It does not yet have a U.S. distrib.