U.K. films hit $3.3 bil at global boxoffice

Co-productions boost international appeal, revenue

LONDON -- Films from the U.K. made $3.3 billion at the worldwide boxoffice in 2007, a 50% jump from the $2.2 billion made in 2006, according to figures published Monday in the U.K. Film Council annual statistical yearbook.

The boost came from such hit U.S. co-productions as "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," "The Bourne Ultimatum" and "The Golden Compass" as well as all-British pictures including "Mr. Bean's Holiday" and "Hot Fuzz."

"Atonement," "Run, Fat Boy, Run," "Miss Potter," "Notes on a Scandal," "The Last King of Scotland" and "St. Trinian's" also performed well.

U.K. production spending in 2007 dipped to 747 million pounds ($1.5 million) from 845 million pounds, but inward investment remained steady at 532 million pounds ($1.1 million).

The Film Council said that 2007 cinema admissions in the U.K. were up 4% from 2006 at 162 million, with boxoffice receipts totaling 821 million pounds ($1.6 million) up 8% from the previous year.

A total of 516 films were released in the U.K. last year, including 107 U.K. pictures that accounted for 29% of the market share. Foreign-language films numbered 170, or 33% of total releases, but took just 3.5% of the boxoffice.