Film shot in Duxford starring George Clooney and Matt Damon grosses £1.6 million during opening weekend

PUBLISHED: 16:12 19 February 2014 | UPDATED: 16:13 19 February 2014

(l to r) Matt Damon, Hugh Bonneville and George Clooney in Columbia Pictures' THE MONUMENTS MEN.

(l to r) Matt Damon, Hugh Bonneville and George Clooney in Columbia Pictures' THE MONUMENTS MEN.

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A film starring George Clooney and Matt Damon that was shot in Crow country opened at cinemas across the UK last weekend.

The Monuments Men, which also features the likes of Cate Blanchett, Jon Goodman and Hugh Bonneville, was partly filmed on location at the Imperial War Museum (IWM) at Duxford.

The cast and crew, along with 300 extras, spent nine days at Duxford last summer. Filming took place across the museum, including the north side of the site, which is not open to the public, but houses IWM’s collections within historic buildings that made up the domestic side of the RAF fighter station.

Second World War aircraft and vehicles were brought to the museum to act as props and set dressing for the scenes. IWM Duxford’s historic buildings, control tower and airfield significantly featured in the filming.

The Monuments Men grossed £1.6 million in its first weekend, but was kept off the top of the UK box office charts by The Lego Movie.

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