UK Box Office hits record highs – before predicted record fall

January 21, 2009 by  
Filed under News

In 2008, the UK box office was apparently at its healthiest yet. One predominately British film was the most successful of the year as Abba’s cringealong hit Mamma Mia! took £69m of the £949.5m total box office. It was followed by Quantum of Solace in a distant second at £50.8m and The Dark Knight is snapping at Bond’s heels with takings of £48.7m.

However, all is not rosy. Despite increased takings, the turmoil in both the economic game and Hollywood’s creative business, with the general financial downturn and the writer’s strike, means that the “conveyor belt” of Hollywood financed films shooting in Britain has stopped, and small British films are finding it harder to get financed at all as many of them require substantial bank loans to get up and running.
Here’s the full list of the top 20 grossing films of 2008, thus far:
Mamma Mia! £69m

Quantum of Solace £50.8m

The Dark Knight £48.7m

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull £40.2m

Sex and the City £26.4m

Hancock £24.7m

Wall-E £22.7m

High School Musical 3 £22.7m

Kung Fu Panda £20m

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa £19.9m

Iron Man £17.2m

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian £11.6m

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor £11.4m

Sweeney Todd £10.9m

The Spiderwick Chronicles £10.6m

Step Up 2: The Streets £10.5m

Four Christmases £10.2m

Juno £9.7m

Wanted £9.6m

Cloverfield £9.5m

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