Sex And The City had a stellar opening in the UK yesterday, taking $4.1m (£2.1m) across 453 sites on its first day.

The film, which saw crowds of female fans waiting in long queues outside of London cinemas to get a first glimpse of the anticipated film, enjoyed a $9,004 (£4,563) screen average, beating out Indiana Jones' first day screen average last week of $8,114 (£4,119). Indy's first day takings took $4.4m (£2.2m) from 534 sites last Thursday (May 22).

Takings for Sex And The City, released in the UK through Entertainment Film Distributors, could have been helped by the fact that there are school holidays this week in the territory and, due to a 15 rating, was able to harness a slightly younger female crowd.

Elsewhere, the film took nearly $800,000 in France, where it is released through Metropolitan, taking its total to $4.8m on its first day. It opens today in Germany and Singapore and Friday (May 30) in the US and Italy.