This weekend saw Into the Woods sweep into the US box office chart with a phenomenal 3-day $31M gross (and a 4-day $46.1M gross) making it the biggest ever US opening for a screen adaptation of a Broadway musical in history.

The film has now well and truly beaten the previous record holder Mamma Mia, which opened to a $27.8M three-day gross in 2008, as well as the $27.3M opening weekend figure for Les Miserables in 2012.

Into the Woods has also received multiple Golden Globe® nominations – Best Picture (Musical or Comedy), Best Actress (Emily Blunt) and Best Supporting Actress (Meryl Streep), as well as London Critics’ Circle Film Award nominations – British Actress of the Year (Emily Blunt) and Young British Performer of The Year (Daniel Huttlestone), highlighting the film’s impressive wealth of great British talent, which also includes James Corden, Tracey Ullman and Lucy Punch.

Interest from all generations also made Into The Woods the 4th biggest Christmas Day opening ever in the US with families of all ages enjoying the big screen musical adventure. Since its release the film’s original motion picture soundtrack, featuring 20 show-stopping tracks, has also achieved top five best seller status on Amazon in the US and charted within the iTunes US music store top ten.

Reactions from both US & UK critics reflect the film’s US box outstanding office results:

Robbie Collin, The Telegraph

“The film is a whirl of pure pleasure that just keeps whirling”

Stephen Holden, New York Times,

Splendid Disney screen adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim-James Lapine musical

Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times

“The trip ‘Into the Woods’ is spooky, thoughtful, delightful.”

Lou Lumenick, New York Post

“Bewitching Into the Woods is this century’s best musical”