Like the James Bond and Harry Potter franchises, the film is a UK-US collaboration. With box-office reaching $104,590,000 (£66,995,244), it is the second highest-grossing film of all time in the UK behind Titanic. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone was previously the most successful British film of all time at the UK box-office having grossed £66,096,000 in the UK.
Now in its 16th week of release in the U.K., Mamma Mia! has also become the No. 1 film of the year in 13 countries including Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Greece, Hungary, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Cyprus and Sweden. It recently crossed the $500m mark worldwide becoming one of Universal's top grossing and most profitable movies ever.
Speaking to Screen on Mamma Mia!'s success, David Kosse, president of Universal Pictures International said:
'What is interesting is the speed at which it has gotten to this level. We are ahead of Harry Potter and continue to be ahead of Titanic at this stage. And we think it still has some life in it. The sing-along version has been a great success and will continue to give it a bump, and we now have Christmas party bookings coming in from across the UK. One driver is the multiple viewings with people going back to see it again and again. It really is happening on a scale that we haven't seen before.'
The feature-film adaptation of the musical which stars Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Amanda Seyfried, Colin Firth, Christine Baranski, Julie Walters, Stellan Skarsgård and Dominic Cooper.
The film was directed by Phyllida Lloyd and produced by Judy Craymer and Gary Goetzman. Exec producers are Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus and Mark Huffam. The screenplay was written by Catherine Johnson with music and lyrics by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus.