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The Top 20 Films in UK Cinemas 2000 - 2009 Logout
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London, 22 December 2009
THE TOP 20 FILMS IN UK CINEMAS 2000 - 2009:
CHART PACKED WITH BRITISH STORIES AND RECURRING CHARACTERS
British stories fill the chart of the top 20 films of the decade 2000 - 2009. All six Harry Potter films released to date feature in the list, alongside the two most recent James Bond thrillers starring Daniel Craig and the first Bridget Jones episode, Bridget Jones's Diary. All parts of The Lord of the Rings trilogy are ranked in the top five, while the first Chronicles of Narnia adventure, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, is also included.
The decade's most popular movie, Mamma Mia!, produced by British filmmakers at Pinewood Studios, is also the top grosser of all time in UK cinemas with box-office receipts of £69.1 million.
Between them, these 20 films clocked up more than 200 million cinema admissions and generated more than a billion pounds in box-office ticket sales (£1,034 million).
Top 5 European markets by admissions:
|Top 20 films in UK cinemas 2000 - 2009||Opened in UK cinemas|
|1||Mamma Mia! The Movie||10 July 2008|
|2||Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone||16 November 2001|
|3||The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring||21 December 2001|
|4||The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King||19 December 2003|
|5||The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers||20 December 2002|
|6||Casino Royale||16 November 2006|
|7||Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets||15 November 2002|
|8||Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest||7 July 2006|
|9||Quantum of Solace||31 October 2008|
|10||Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince||17 July 2009|
|11||Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix||13 July 2007|
|12||Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire||18 November 2005|
|13||The Dark Knight||25 July 2008|
|14||Shrek 2||2 July 2004|
|15||Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban||31 May 2004|
|16||The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe||8 December 2005|
|17||Toy Story 2||4 February 2000|
|18||Bridget Jones's Diary||13 April 2001|
|19||Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End||25 May 2007|
|20||Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull||23 May 2008|
Nine of the top 20 were released in the fourth quarter of the year, highlighting the significance of the current festive period not only in terms of cinemagoing but also as a springboard into the forthcoming awards season.
Lord Puttnam CBE, President of Film Distributors' Association, said
"The end of 2009 finds UK cinema in incredibly good shape following a buoyant decade which has seen a surge in the number of films released, the start of an historic transition to digital projection and, most recently, the rapid rise of digital 3D. Cinema continues to deliver a uniquely immersive means for each of us to experience the twists and turns of a story. But it also offers a very special intimacy as we share the 'on screen' experience and emotions with dozens, or even hundreds, of others. When this experience is captured by a stream of inspiring films such as those in this chart, the movies become an utterly unbeatable entertainment medium. Here's looking forward to a terrific New Year at the movies!"
The highly varied cinema line-up for 2010 includes new installments in the Shrek, Toy Story, Harry Potter and Chronicles of Narnia series.