It started well and so itfinished. Final box office figures for the UK/Ireland market reported today bystatistics trackers Nielsen EDI showed the territory had managed the seeminglyimpossible - it improved on 2004's record box office by 1%.
The Nielsen EDI results forthe official box office year - measured from
While admissions totals arestill unavailable and may well finish just short of 2004 these results are a triumph for the
Firstly it is an obviousexception to the general box office slide that has been seen in mature marketsduring 2005. As international territories' final numbers start to follow thoseof
Secondly these figuresinclude the
The territory has been thegolden boy of the international market throughout 2005. Most territories werereporting significant drops by the close of the first quarter but the
Results for the first threemonths were up each month compared to 2004 with January recording a 3% rise,February 19% and March 18%.
April brought the first dip(-21%) and while May rallied (+18%) with The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxyand the first weeks of Star Wars: Episode
However, a rousing finalquarter fuelled by British favourites Wallace And Gromit: The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit and Nanny McPhee in October (+16%), Harry Potter And The Goblet OfFire in November (0%), and a stunning December (+30%) saw any lost groundregained.
Every week in December sawimprovements on 2004 with the final week (December 30 to
With Harry Potter stillrunning and the massive success of end of year blockbusters King Kong andespecially The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, TheWitch And The Wardrobe (which finished fourth for the year after only 24 dayson release, see table) December was a phenomenon cracking the £100m mark. Thisis the first time this had been seen since July 2004.
With five films in the topnine of the year UIP was the clear market share leader with 29.3% of the territory'sgrosses accounted for by the major in its penultimate year of business in the
Top 20 films UK 2005
All figures in £
Rank Title DistributorRelease date Total gross
1 Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire UK-US Warner Bros Nov 18 £46,097,874*
2 StarWars: Episode III - Revenge Of The Sith
3 Charlie And The Chocolate Factory
4 The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe
5 Wallace & Gromit: The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit UK-US UIP Oct 14 £31,956,705*
6 War Of TheWorlds
7 Meet TheFockers
9 King Kong
11 Nanny McPhee
12 Batman Begins US WarnerBros June 17 £16,179,376
13 Pride & PrejudiceUK-US-Fr UIP Sep 16 £14,562,448*
14 Mr And Mrs Smith US 20thFox June 10 £13,584,214
15 Wedding Crashers
16 Fantastic Four US 20thFox July 22 £12,665,778
17 Ocean's Twelve US WarnerBros Feb 4 £12,448,665
18 Robots US 20th Fox March18 £12,326,511
19 The Hitchhiker's Guide To The GalaxyUK-US BVI April 29 £10,669,714
* Still on release.
Source: Screen International.