JK Rowling handed French prize by Sarkozy. DANIEL RADCLIFFE as Harry Potter in Warner Bros. Pictures' fantasy "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix." Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Box Office

HARRY POTTER led the way as records were broken at British cinema box offices in 2007.

The boy wizard’s fifth film, The Order of the Phoenix, magicked up nearly UKP50 million in takings, more than double the year’s second most popular movie, The Bourne Ultimatum. Overall, UK cinemas took UKP904 million last year, which was up eight per cent on 2006 and represents an all-time record.

It was also a good year for British-made films, which captured 28 per cent of the market – up from 2006’s 19 per cent – and with more investment going into film studios in and around London such as Pinewood and Elstree, that looks like a trend that will continue upwards.

“Yet again the UK has shown its strength by making both the bigger budget commercial films alongside smaller, equally powerful, films which challenge and inspire audiences and win awards all over the world,” said John Woodward, CEO of the UK Film Council.

Top 10 UK films in 2006 (figures in millions)

1. Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix (UK/US co-production) – UKP49.43
2. The Bourne Ultimatum (UK/US) – UKP23.72
3. The Golden Compass (UK/US) – UKP23.52
4. Mr Bean’s Holiday (UK) – UKP22.11
5. Hot Fuzz (UK) – UKP20.99
6. Stardust (UK/US) – UKP14.85
7. Atonement (UK) – UKP11.63
8. Run, Fat Boy, Run (UK/US) – UKP11.01
9. St Trinian’s (UK) – UKP7.71
10. Miss Potter (UK/US) – UKP6.91