Mamma Shows Titanic Who’s Daddy

mamma-mia-posterDespite not performing together since 1982, ABBA has never really waned in popularity. Somehow they’re still able to sell millions of albums a year. Since a reunion is out of the question, the best way to get your ABBA on has been to see Mamma Mia!, either the musical or, as of June 30th, the movie. Apparently in the United Kingdom, people have chosen to see the movie. Over. And over. And over again.

Mamma Mia! has passed Titanic as the highest-grossing movie to be released in the U.K. It has eclipsed Titanic’s 69 million pound mark (for now) by 100,000 pounds. The total equates to about $106 million.

It’s probably due to the perfect storm of ABBA’s popularity and a pretty decent movie (it snagged two Golden Globe nominations). I’m not entirely sure about the U.K., but their cousin Australia can’t get enough ABBA. Australia is home to the most popular ABBA cover band (Bjorn Again) and had a couple popular movies prominently feature ABBA on the soundtrack (The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert; Muriel’s Wedding).

It looked kind of funny that the biggest movie in the U.K. only brought in $100 million, where as Titanic brought in $600 million in the U.S. Is it just that Americans got to the movies more? Not really. When you compare the populations, the U.K. has about 61 million people and the U.S. about 306 million. So if you factor in that the U.K. has one-fifth the population, that’s a $500+ million in the U.S., pretty much in line with the biggest ever.

Image courtesy Nick Grabowski

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