Shaun the Sheep

BFI release half-year UK box office and production statistics

The British Film Institute (BFI) have released new statistics which show that UK cinemas have seen a surge in admissions, totalling 83 million visits during the first half of the year. This is 10% higher than the same period last year.

The figures were compiled by the BFI’s Research and Statistics Unit, based on the total of 358 films that were released in the UK and Ireland in the six months leading up to 12 July this year. 

CEO of the BFI, Amanda Nevill, commented:

“Today’s half-year report shows that UK audiences are continuing to flock to the cinemas, ensuring film continues to be a vibrant contributor to the economy. It is particularly exciting for the creative sector to see films made in the UK achieving a strong share of the UK box office market.”

Seven UK-backed films rank among the 20 biggest blockbusters. Among the strongest players is Creative Europe-funded Shaun the Sheep, which is the highest grossing independent UK film in the first half of 2015. Taking £13.7 million at the box office, Shaun the Sheep stands as the 16th most successful cinematic release for the period.

The BFI also issued statistics on UK film production. The overall spend was £594 million across 79 films. Of this, inward investment films, or foreign-funded productions accounted for £518 million across 21 features. 

Photo: Shaun the Sheep, courtesy of Aardman Animations