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Eight years after the first film, audiences are flocking to see Rowan Atkinson's spy sequel; and Disney introduces an old friend to a new generation in 3D

The winner

Conventional wisdom dictates that sequels can suffer at the box office when there is a significantly long gap between releases, but eight years after Johnny English, audiences have embraced the follow-up in huge numbers. Johnny English Reborn opened at the weekend with £4.96m, which compares with a debut of £3.44m for the original Rowan Atkinson spy caper in 2003. Another comparison: Mr Bean's Holiday began its run in 2007 with £4.50m plus £1.94m in previews. The Johnny English Reborn opening number is the best for any film since The Inbetweeners Movie arrived in mid-August.

The runner-up

With Johnny English clearly a hit with families, you might think there wouldn't be much room left in the market for a flick with kiddie appeal, »

- Charles Gant

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