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The tills ring out for Last Christmas! It was slated by many critics and cinema snobs, but the Wham!-themed movie that was written off as a turkey is the festive hit of the year

By Eleanor Sharples Tv & Radio Reporter For The Daily Mail

Published: 00:44 GMT, 2 December 2019 | Updated: 01:48 GMT, 2 December 2019

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Critics condemned it as a turkey. But cinematic schmaltzfest Last Christmas is turning into one of the most successful movies of the season.

The rom-com – written by Dame Emma Thompson and Bryony Kimmings – is loosely based on the 1984 Wham! hit of the same name.

It was number one in UK cinemas in its first weekend and came second only to Disney's hit Frozen 2 in its second week.

The rom-com (pictured) – written by Dame Emma Thompson and Bryony Kimmings – is loosely based on the 1984 Wham! hit of the same name

The rom-com (pictured) – written by Dame Emma Thompson and Bryony Kimmings – is loosely based on the 1984 Wham! hit of the same name

Game of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke, 33, and BBC presenter Henry Golding, 32, co-star in the film, in which an unlucky woman working as a department store elf meets a mysterious stranger on her shift.

As well as three Wham! tracks, it features a string of songs from Michael's solo career. UK box office figures show it had grossed

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