The Matrix Reloaded scored a triumphant bow for Warner Bros and recorded the highest ever opening for a non-PG rated film at the UK box office at the weekend.
The 15-certificate sci-fi actioner claimed $14.6m (£8.9m) over the three day weekend (May 23-25) and has grossed $19.9m (£12.2m) since opening on Wednesday (May 21), immediately after its UK premiere.
The Wachowski Brothers' film is the fourth highest three-day opener of all time in the territory behind Warner's Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets ($16.8m), that film's predecessor The Philosopher's Stone ($15.7m) and 20th Century Fox's Star Wars: Episode II - Attack Of The Clones ($14.8m) - all of which were certified PG (Parental Guidance).
The Matrix Reloaded dominated the chart leading from second-placed X2: X-Men United by $13m. The sequel's three-day take was more than double that of every other title on release combined.
The launch dwarfed that of the 1999 original which took a $5.5m (£3.4m) opening and finished on $28.3m (£17.3m) - a total Reloaded shouldn't have difficulty surpassing by the end of its second weekend.
X2 dropped 57% in the wake of the blockbuster competition with $1.5m (£903,221) added over the weekend for a cumulative score of $30m (£18.3m).
Warner's kids title Kangaroo Jack and UIP's comedy Johnny English held up better in third and fourth dropping off 31% and 23% respectively. Kangaroo Jack managed a second weekend of $865,920 (£529,077) for a 10-day total of $2.4m (£1.5m). Johnny English has taken $30.1m (£18.4m) to date after a seventh weekend take of $742,769 (£453,832).
Buena Vista International's The Hot Chick was the second highest placed new release at seven. However the Rob Schneider vehicle failed to impress taking $277,336 (£169,452) from 218 sites - a poor site average of just $1,272.
Bollywood title Andaaz, distributed by Tip Top Entertainment, landed 12th place from just 32 sites with a three-day figure of $166,128 (£101,504) - an average of $5,191.
Also impressing in limited release were Metro Tartan's Secretary and Momentum Pictures' I Capture The Castle. Secretary fell off just 24% from its opening weekend to take $199,507 (£121,899) and hold 11th place. Playing at 42 sites the film scored an average of $4,750 and boasts a 10-day cumulative score of $692,789 (£423,294).
I Capture The Castle dropped 20% in its third week to take 13th position with $150,684 (£92,068) from 65 sites. The drama has grossed $855,745 (£522,860) to date.
Meanwhile outside the chart BVI's Imax release Ghosts Of The Abyss continued to play to strong numbers with $64,890 (£39,648) taken from its five screens over the weekend to give James Cameron's 3D documentary a total of $727,809 (£444,691) after six weeks on release.