'Bridget' Has a Great Weekend

Audiences and Top Critics Embrace 'Bridget Jones's Diary'



High Per Screen Average Has US Exhibitors Craving

Up to 2500 Dates With 'Bridget' Next Weekend



Apr 16, 2001, 01:00 ET from Miramax Films

    NEW YORK, April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- This weekend, America discovered and
 fell for "Bridget Jones," Britain's favourite singleton.  "Bridget Jones's
 Diary" opened to the tune of a $10.7m box office gross, with an impressive
 $6,660 per-screen average in 1611 theaters.  On the strength of this opening,
 which has theatre owners clamoring for more "Bridget," Miramax Films aims to
 expand to as many as 2500 screens this coming weekend, it was announced by
 Mark Gill, president Miramax-LA and Rick Sands, Miramax chairman of worldwide
 distribution.
     "Bridget Jones's Diary" is a Miramax Films release of a Universal
 Pictures/Studio Canal/Miramax Films presentation of a Working Title
 Production.
     "Bridget Jones's Diary," has become a word-of-mouth hit based on the
 strong audience response to nationwide sneak previews and opening weekend exit
 surveys which show that more than 80% of audiences rate the film as
 "excellent" or "very good" and more than 70% will "definitely recommend"
 "Bridget" to their friends.
     "Bridget" was also helped by widespread critical acclaim from top critics
 including Time ("Renee Zellweger shines and Hugh Grant is irresistible"),
 Newsweek ("tremendously funny"), Rolling Stone  ("A-List all the way"), Good
 Morning America ("One of the Best Film's of the Year! It's great!), Today  ("A
 smart comedy that's funny!"), New York Times ('The best and smartest film of
 its kind in a long time"), Los Angeles Times ("Cheerful, cheeky entertainment
 that smartly mixes knock-about farce with fairy-tale romance"), and Ebert &
 Roeper ("two thumbs up").
     And it's not only American audiences that have responded to "Bridget"'s
 charm.  In her native UK, with a release by Universal Pictures, "Bridget
 Jones's Diary" had the highest grossing opening weekend for any British film
 in history (approximately $10.4m).
     The film "Bridget Jones's Diary," based on Helen Fielding's international
 best-seller, stars Renee Zellweger ("Nurse Betty," "Jerry Maguire") in the
 title role as the dynamic, outrageously original Bridget Jones, with Hugh
 Grant ("Four Weddings and A Funeral," "Notting Hill") and Colin Firth
 ("Shakespeare In Love," "The English Patient") as Bridget's love interests.
 The film is directed by Sharon Maguire and produced by Eric Fellner, Tim Bevan
 and Jonathan Cavendish.  Helen Fielding is the Executive Producer with Liza
 Chasin and Debra Hayward are co-producers.  The screenplay was written by
 Richard Curtis, Andrew Davies and Helen Fielding based on the novel by Helen
 Fielding.
 
 

SOURCE Miramax Films
    NEW YORK, April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- This weekend, America discovered and
 fell for "Bridget Jones," Britain's favourite singleton.  "Bridget Jones's
 Diary" opened to the tune of a $10.7m box office gross, with an impressive
 $6,660 per-screen average in 1611 theaters.  On the strength of this opening,
 which has theatre owners clamoring for more "Bridget," Miramax Films aims to
 expand to as many as 2500 screens this coming weekend, it was announced by
 Mark Gill, president Miramax-LA and Rick Sands, Miramax chairman of worldwide
 distribution.
     "Bridget Jones's Diary" is a Miramax Films release of a Universal
 Pictures/Studio Canal/Miramax Films presentation of a Working Title
 Production.
     "Bridget Jones's Diary," has become a word-of-mouth hit based on the
 strong audience response to nationwide sneak previews and opening weekend exit
 surveys which show that more than 80% of audiences rate the film as
 "excellent" or "very good" and more than 70% will "definitely recommend"
 "Bridget" to their friends.
     "Bridget" was also helped by widespread critical acclaim from top critics
 including Time ("Renee Zellweger shines and Hugh Grant is irresistible"),
 Newsweek ("tremendously funny"), Rolling Stone  ("A-List all the way"), Good
 Morning America ("One of the Best Film's of the Year! It's great!), Today  ("A
 smart comedy that's funny!"), New York Times ('The best and smartest film of
 its kind in a long time"), Los Angeles Times ("Cheerful, cheeky entertainment
 that smartly mixes knock-about farce with fairy-tale romance"), and Ebert &
 Roeper ("two thumbs up").
     And it's not only American audiences that have responded to "Bridget"'s
 charm.  In her native UK, with a release by Universal Pictures, "Bridget
 Jones's Diary" had the highest grossing opening weekend for any British film
 in history (approximately $10.4m).
     The film "Bridget Jones's Diary," based on Helen Fielding's international
 best-seller, stars Renee Zellweger ("Nurse Betty," "Jerry Maguire") in the
 title role as the dynamic, outrageously original Bridget Jones, with Hugh
 Grant ("Four Weddings and A Funeral," "Notting Hill") and Colin Firth
 ("Shakespeare In Love," "The English Patient") as Bridget's love interests.
 The film is directed by Sharon Maguire and produced by Eric Fellner, Tim Bevan
 and Jonathan Cavendish.  Helen Fielding is the Executive Producer with Liza
 Chasin and Debra Hayward are co-producers.  The screenplay was written by
 Richard Curtis, Andrew Davies and Helen Fielding based on the novel by Helen
 Fielding.
 
 SOURCE  Miramax Films