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British-made movie blockbusters dominate UK box office


Star Wars offshoot Rogue One topped the UK box office with £64.3 million

Star Wars offshoot Rogue One topped the UK box office with £64.3 million

Star Wars offshoot Rogue One topped the UK box office with £64.3 million

The British film industry has cemented its place in the global market as the three most successful movies released in 2016 were made in the UK using domestic crews and facilities, bringing in more than a quarter of the total UK box office share.

In a business largely dominated by Hollywood, three British-made films - Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them and Bridget Jones's Baby - brought in the most money at the UK box office last year.

Star Wars offshoot Rogue One topped the bill with £64.3 million, while Harry Potter prequel Fantastic Beasts and the Bridget Jones sequel took £54.3 million and £48.2 million respectively.

Figures published by the British Film Institute show the three big-budget chart-toppers generated 27.5% of overall market share in the UK, with a combined total gross of £166.8 million.

In total, £1.227 billion was spent at the box office, making 2016 the second most profitable year on record for UK cinemas, according to the BFI.

It was also a good year for British-made independent films, with Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, Eddie The Eagle and Dad's Army ensuring that home-grown independent releases took a 7.4% share of the box office.

Comedy Absolutely Fabulous enjoyed a successful leap from the small screen to cinemas as it was named the top-grossing UK independent film of 2016 with box office earnings of £16 million.

The spend on film production in the UK last year reached £1.6 billion, the highest amount recorded, and inward investment to the UK from film and TV reached £1.35 billion, an 18% increase from 2015.

Inward investment films created in the UK in 2016 include forthcoming blockbusters Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi and Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant.

The television industry saw a growth in 2016 with 36 productions seeing a UK spend of £477.8 million, an 11% increase from £430.3 million in 2014.

Amanda Nevill, chief executive of the BFI, said: "With film production reaching £1.6 billion for the first time, today's statistics show that UK film is open for business and our position as a global leader for film and TV production is stronger than ever."

PA Media