Written by David Lewis on May 22, 2009. Posted in Production News

Record breaking year for UK film on global stage

British films took over USD4 billion in box office takings worldwide in 2008, reflecting a remarkable year for the industry. The record breaking result gave the UK 15% of the global market share, up from 12% in 2007 – further evidence of the UK film industry's global reach, as well as the strength of its contribution to the domestic economy.

John Woodward, Chief Executive Officer of the UK Film Council, said: "Global cinema audiences spent well over USD4 billion on British films last year – that's a phenomenal achievement and is a measure of UK film's vital contribution to the wider economy. Maintaining that level of commercial success is essential – encouraging inward investment, securing jobs, and boosting Britain's reputation as a world leader in cultural excellence."

The top ten UK films took over USD3 billion worldwide, while eight films each grossed over USD100 million, according to newly-released figures.

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