Entertainment One UK is Top British Indie Distributor for 2012

The Finished Shot

This finished image is one of 384 shots completed by Tippett Studio for Breaking Dawn 2.

The Canadian-owned distributor trumpets it success on the back of such releases as "Twilight: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2" and "Looper."

LONDON – Canadian-owned British distribution division Entertainment One U.K. is the U.K.'s top independent movie distributor on the back of a slew of big performers including The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2.

EOne posted its strongest gross to date with $132.6 million (£81.66 million) and a 6.9 percent market share, coming in ahead of Paramount and marking the first time an independent has outgrossed a studio since 2007 in the U.K.

EOne's big successes in 2012 include Breaking Dawn -- Part 2, which became the most successful film of the franchise yet here and the company's biggest release to date, accumulating more than $56.8 million (£35 million) in the U.K. and Ireland.

Other successes with acquisitions came from Rian Johnson’s sci-fi thriller Looper and such homegrown hits as the sequel to the British Christmas franchise Nativity!, Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger!, The Sweeney and The Angels’ Share -- the last becoming Ken Loach’s highest-grossing film in the U.K.

Entertainment One U.K. director of film Alex Hamilton said: "Being the No. 1 indie again is good, but to finish ahead of a studio for the year is a real feather in our cap. Given we didn’t exist the last time an indie outgrossed a studio, it’s rather satisfying."