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Fabulous first weekend for Edina & Patsy

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie has had the biggest opening weekend for a British film this year after taking more than £4m at the box office.

Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley return as Edina Monsoon and Patsy Stone for a big screen version of the television show, which is packed full of celebrity cameos.

The last British film to take as much at the box office in its opening weekend was in October 2015 when Spectre netted £6.3m on its opening day.

Eddy and Patsy's adventures have trumped other recent British films, including the Dad's Army movie and Eddie The Eagle.

Cameron Saunders, UK managing director of Twentieth Century Fox, said: "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."

The film, released on 1 July, sees the fashionistas in trouble when they accidentally push Kate Moss into the Thames.

They flee to the French Riviera to get away from the paparazzi.

Reviews have been mixed, with critics complaining of "tired jokes" and a reliance on the cameos. Others have praised the film for "cheering up" movie fans.

At the European premiere, Saunders said they had decided to make a film after 25 years "because we just fancied it".

Lumley added: "We were sitting together and said 'where would we like to go?' and said the south of France and that's what started the whole thing off."

She said killing off Kate Moss was Saunders' idea, and joked: "She's got a savage nature."

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