"Sweeney Todd" Tops U.K. Box Office; Surpasses $50 Million Mark in U.S.

News   "Sweeney Todd" Tops U.K. Box Office; Surpasses $50 Million Mark in U.S. The Demon Barber fared well in his native land: Tim Burton's film take on the Stephen Sondheim-Hugh Wheeler musical "Sweeney Todd" opened at the top of the U.K. box office.

The film took in £4.5 million (nearly $9 million) during its opening weekend (Jan. 25-27), trumping last week's chart topper, "Aliens Vs. Predator: Requiem" (which places at No. 2 with £951,479). "PS I Love You" (£921,548), "No Country for Old Men" (£825,848) and "St. Trinian's" (£674,336) round out the top five.

The London-set story was filmed in London's Pinewood Studios. Stateside, the film crossed the $50 million threshold during the same Jan. 25-27 weekend, its sixth week of release.

The film earned the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) as well as a win for Johnny Depp as Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture (Musical Or Comedy). Depp is also nominated for an Academy Award for his work.

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John Logan ("The Aviator," "Gladiator," Never the Sinner) penned the DreamWorks/Warner Bros. film adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim-Hugh Wheeler musical. The film stars Depp as the title barber, Helena Bonham Carter as piemaker Mrs. Lovett as well as Alan Rickman (Private Lives), Timothy Spall and Sacha Baron Cohen. The ensemble also features Laura Michelle Kelly (Fiddler on the Roof), Jamie Campbell Bowen, Jayne Wisener and newcomer Edward Sanders.

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