Sideshow: Mormons a hit in U.K.

Posted: March 25, 2013

Seemingly unstoppable, The Book of Mormon has broken another record - this time on the other side of the Atlantic.

The quirky, profane musical opened Thursday to some critical bashing, but the next day earned the highest one-day gross in London theater history, selling $3.2 million worth of tickets. By comparison, the Broadway version earned only $1.5 million the day after it opened to rapturous reviews.

Scott Rudin, the theater and film producer who steered The Book of Mormon, said Friday, "American musicals tend to get knocked in the teeth in London, by and large. It's a tougher place." But he predicted a long run there. "The story and humor . . . is deeply influenced by Monty Python's Flying Circus. I knew that would work" for British audiences.

'Croods' good, make many rocks

Caveman comedy The Croods left an indelible mark on the wall, opening at No. 1 with $44.7 million this weekend. The 3D adventure from DreamWorks Animation and 20th Century Fox features the voices of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, and Catherine Keener as a prehistoric family encountering danger and enlightenment when forced to find a new cave.

Opening a strong second with $30.5 million was Olympus Has Fallen, an action thriller from Training Day director Antoine Fuqua and starring Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, and Angela Bassett. Among other new films this weekend, the Tina Fey-Paul Rudd college comedy Admission from Focus Features opened fifth with just $6.4 million. Buzzed-about Spring Breakers from A24 Films, featuring James Franco and Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens as hard-partying college girls took in $5 million.


Contact "Sideshow" at sideshow@phillynews.com. This article contains information from Inquirer wire services.

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