Cinema audiences boom from UK productions
UK cinema audiences have reached record numbers, with the second highest spend on film and TV production in this country.
The BFI figures show that three of last year’s five top grossing films were made here, including Bohemian Rhapsody, the Freddie Mercury biopic (pictured) which made £52m. Other top-grossing UK-made movies were Avengers: Infinity War (£70.8 million), Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (£65.5 million).
2018 saw 177 million cinema admissions, almost 4% up on 2017 and the highest since 1970, and box office worth £1.4bn. The spend on film and high-end TV production in Britain was approaching £3.1bn.
"In a time of seismic change, today’s figures prove that film and television are thriving, a vital creative industry that is outstripping other sectors” said the BFI’s CEO, Amanda Nevill. “The benefits are being felt UK-wide with production expanding in the nations and regions, boosting the economy, building skills, creating jobs and giving opportunities for people of all backgrounds to join our industry.
“Film is a global business and our creativity and talent remain one of the UK’s most potent exports as we navigate new relationships internationally. Audiences are increasingly watching film and television on a variety of platforms and at the same time are going to the cinema more than ever. Such a healthy market share for independent UK films suggests that audiences’ appreciation for home grown stories, as well as big global blockbusters, is on the rise.”