The new Indiana Jones film, the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, has reportedly made $4.5 million (£2.27 million) at the US box office after midnight screenings on Wednesday night.

Variety magazine claimed that the fourth Indiana Jones film also made $2.2 million (£1.1 million) in France, Belgium and Switzerland.

Reviews of the eagerly awaited film have been mixed with some critics hailing the return of the famous archaeologist, 19 years after he last appeared on the big screen, as a triumph. Others have been less that flattering regarding Harrison Ford's age and the film's script.

The film received its international premier earlier this week at the Cannes festival.

At the famous film event Ford dismissed criticism of the film claiming that he made the picture for the paying public not the critics.

Indiana Jones, created by George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, first appeared on cinema screens in 1981 in the film Raiders of the Lost Ark.

The franchise included two other movies including Temple of Doom in 1984 and the Last Crusade in 1989.

23/05/2008 12:15:17