My Big Fat Greek Wedding, earned $2.3m (£1.5m) in three days, when it opened in the UK, the first major territory outside the US for the indie box office sensation.
Playing at 341 sites for a strong average of $6,857 the comedy, which is directed by Joel Zwick and stars Nia Vardalos and John Corbett, shot into second position in the UK chart behind Buena Vista International's Signs.
Greek Wedding opens next in Argentina for Eurocine on Oct 10 and then Australia and New Zealand on Oct 24, distributed by Roadshow. In the US, where it is handled by IFC Films, it has grossed over $120m since its April release. Internationally it has opened in Israel, Greece and Turkey.
The picture, which cost producers Gold Circle Films and Playtone just $5m to make, is yet another hit for Entertainment Film Distributors. Entertainment, which earned $140m (£89.7m) in the first eight months of 2002 from hits including Gosford Park ($19m), Blade II ($14.2m) and 2001 holdover The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring ($57.5m, 2002 gross - $97.6m total). The company also has Austin Powers In Goldmember still on release which has grossed $36.3m to date. Releases still to come this year include The Lord Of The Rings, The Two Towers in December.