'X2: X-Men United' has topped the box office on both sides of the Atlantic with worldwide takings of €137m this weekend.

The comic book sequel had the biggest ever global launch - opening in 93 territories simultaneously - and has now beaten 'Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers' to hold the record for the highest grossing opening weekend, worldwide.

Bryan Singer's follow-up to 2000's 'X-Men' stars Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Famke Janssen, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart.

It topped the box office in the UK & Ireland as well as in the US, where it grossed an estimated $85.9m over the weekend.

'X2' is America's fourth highest opener of all time, behind 'Spider-Man' ($114.8m, 2002), 'Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone' ($90.3m, 2001) and 'Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets' ($88.4m, 2002).