New BFI statistics show robust year for film in the UK in 2016

26 January 2017

Rogue One and Fantastic Beasts lead the box office in a year that spend on film production in the UK reaches £1.6bn – the highest ever recorded.

Rogue One (2016)

Independent figures published today by the BFI show a robust performance from the UK film industry in 2016, which further increased its global reputation as a leading destination for film and TV production and saw UK cinemas enjoy another successful year.

The strong UK box office in 2016 was led by Rogue One: A Star Wars Story with takings of £64.3m, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them with £54.3m and Bridget Jones’ Baby with £48.2m. All three of the top earners were also made in the UK using UK crews, locations and facilities, helping to generate an overall market share of 27.5% of the UK box office for studio-backed, UK-made films. The leading independent UK films at the box office in 2016 were Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie with £16m, and Eddie the Eagle and Dad’s Army with £8.7m apiece, with UK independent films achieving a 7.4% share of the overall UK box office.

The spend on film production in the UK reached the highest level on record with £1.6bn, a 13% increase on the previous year, with £1.35bn being spent by major inward investment films including Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk and Zack Snyder’s superhero Justice League, demonstrating the continued high international regard held for UK crews, VFX and production services, locations and the supportive fiscal environment created by the UK’s creative sector tax reliefs [which UK Screen campaigned for].  

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