‘Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie’ scores best opening by a British film since ‘Spectre’

Jennifer Saunders' film earns twice as much in its opening weekend as the 'Dad's Army' movie

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie has scored the biggest opening weekend by a British film this year at the UK and Ireland box office.

Jennifer Saunders’ comedy raked in £4.04m over its opening weekend, the best total by a British film since Spectre earned £16.3m in three days last October.

The film’s opening weekend total is around double the £2.1m taken by the Dad’s Army movie in February, though it falls short of the two Inbetweeners movies, which took £13.2m and £12.5m respectively in their opening weekends.

Cameron Saunders of Twentieth Century Fox, who teamed up with BBC Films on Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, said in a press release: “We are thrilled that audiences have embraced Edina and Patsy’s big screen debut – it is a testament to Jennifer, Joanna and the talented team behind the film who really are absolutely fabulous.”

Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley are joined in the film by fellow Absolutely Fabulous regulars Julia Sawalha, June Whitfield and Jane Horrocks, as well as by more than 50 guest stars including Rebel Wilson, Joan Collins, Dame Edna Everage, La Roux, Lulu and Emma Bunton.

The plot follows Saunders’ Edina and Lumley’s Patsy as they flee to France after being accused of accidentally killing iconic supermodel Kate Moss. Watch the trailer below.