While box office titans The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring and Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone were dominating the nation's screens over the festive break, another titan in its own right was setting box office records elsewhere.
After just three weeks on release, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (Sometimes Happiness, Sometimes Sorrow, aka K3G) has become the highest-grossing Indian film of all time in the UK. K3G has grossed£1.92m ($2.8m) for UK distributor Yash Raj Films, banking over£270,000 ($390,000) from 35 sites last weekend (Dec 28-30).
The film, directed by Karan Johar and shot mostly in London and Bombay, well outstrips previous UK Bollywood record holder Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. That film, also directed by Johar, grossed£1.75m in 1998.
As expected, highly visible family-friendly epics Harry Potter and The Lord Of The Rings were the hits of the post Christmas weekend, with Rings gaining 7% over its own debut with a£7,847,228 weekend take to keep it at number one in the chart. With a mammoth£16,696 site average, Peter Jackson's well-received epic has now taken more than£25m in the UK for distributor Entertainment.
Warner Bros' Potter also saw its fortunes increase over the holiday. Bolstered by a renewed marketing onslaught, the film took£2,456,876 over its seventh weekend on release, giving it a 50% rise on its earnings over the previous weekend to keep it at number two in the chart, with a UK running total of£54m
BVI's The Princess Diaries also saw improving returns over its second weekend, taking£821,923 from 396 engagements between Dec 28-30. With a site average of£2,076, the film has banked£1,850,644 and drops one place to number four in the chart.
Highest new opener against the strong Christmas competition was UIP's Vinnie Jones vehicle Mean Machine, taking a respectable£1,043,300 from 313 sites and entering the chart at number three. The Boxing Day opener has now banked£1,573, 594.
The other major Boxing Day opener - BVI's Serendipity - entered the chart at number five, with a weekend gross of£461,443 from 237 sites.