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The Proposal beats Sex and the City

13 August 2009

This summer's smash hit comedy The Proposal has become one of the most successful romantic comedies of the decade.  The Sandra Bullock vehicle reached $154 million in domestic ticket sales over the weekend, bypassing the total domestic tally for "Sex and the City."

Adjusting for inflation, Box Office Mojo lists "The Proposal" as the 19th highest grossing romantic comedy of all time in North America. ("Pretty Woman" is No. 1; "Sex and the City," is No. 20.)

Bullock has been breaking records both sides of the Atlantic proving she still has what it takes to open a movie.  UK audiences flocked to the cinema for the opening of The Proposal in July making it her biggest UK opening ever (£3,233,422) and beating previous record holder ‘Two Weeks Notice' (£2.6) by a stellar 25%.  In the US The Proposal is Sandra Bullock's most successful film to date taking more than Speed ($121,248,145), A Time to Kill ($108,706,165) and the smash comedy Miss Congeniality ($106,807,667). The UK box office total currently stands at £9,246,438.

When high-powered book editor Margaret (SANDRA BULLOCK) faces deportation to her native Canada, the quick-thinking exec declares that she's actually engaged to her unsuspecting put-upon assistant Andrew (RYAN REYNOLDS), who she's tormented for years. He agrees to participate in the charade, but with a few conditions of his own.  The unlikely couple heads to Alaska to meet his quirky family (MARY STEENBURGEN, CRAIG T. NELSON, BETTY WHITE) and the always-in-control city girl finds herself in one comedic fish-out-of-water situation after another.  With an impromptu wedding in the works and an immigration official on their tails, Margaret and Andrew reluctantly vow to stick to the plan despite the precarious consequences.