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The Rise of Danwalker tops Christmas box office

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The biopic of BBC Breakfast News presenter Dan Walker has delighted critics and smashed box office records on its first weekend release.

The British made movie, which charts the 42 year old broadcaster's meteoric rise from his days on Sheffield’s Hallam FM radio through to his big break on Football Focus, raked in an estimated $147 million (£113 million), the most for a breakfast time presenter’s life story since 1983’s ‘Bough’ starring  Joss Ackland.   

Culminating in Walker landing his current role on the Breakfast Time sofa, the movie has taken the box office by storm by outstripping rivals such as seasonal offering Last Christmas and the latest episode in the Star Wars franchise.

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One cinema goer said, "I love Dan. I've followed him for years since his Football Focus days. I love his friendly charm and those moments of genuine emotion - like when he got that old bloke a flypast or when he climbed Kilimanjaro."

Director Ang Lee whetted fans’ appetites by confirming rumours of a sequel due out in December 2020. “The demand is out there,” he told a packed press conference in London’s Leicester Square Theatre. “Dan is hugely popular on both sides of the Atlantic. We see no reason why the story cannot run and run.”

However, it was not all good news for the UK cinema industry, with police expressing concerns about the prospect of clashes, as rival fans of fellow presenters Naga Munchetty and Louise Minchin descend on cinemas. “We are reviewing our security procedures,” admitted an official, “We just want families to be able to enjoy Dan’s life and work in peace over the Christmas break.

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