British independent films get biggest box office market share for five years | News

Independent British films have had their highest market share at the local box office for five years, according to official BFI statistics for 2019 which were released today.

Movies including Downton Abbey, The favourite and Yesterday helped boost the market share of independent British films to 13% in 2019, from 11.7% the previous year.

Downton Abbey, the big-screen adaptation of the period TV drama, topped the charts after grossing £28.2million following its release by Universal in September. It was produced by Carnival Films with Focus Features and released by Universal.

The favourite, which won seven Baftas and an Oscar for lead actress Olivia Colman, came in second with £17million after being released by Fox Searchlight Pictures in January. It was produced by Element Pictures and Scarlet Films.

The total box office of the top 20 independent British films accounted for 87% of the box office gross of all independent British films released in 2019.

When studio-backed films that were made in the UK are included, such as Avengers: Endgame and The Lion Kingthis figure rises to 46% – the highest since records began.

As previously reported, 2019 proved to be a strong year at the UK box office, with the BFI confirming cinema admissions of 176 million, valued at £1.25 billion. However, this is a slight drop from the 177 million recorded in 2018, which was the highest level of admissions since 1970.

The highest-grossing films were Avengers: Endgame (£88.7 million), The Lion King (£76m) and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (£54.9 million) in the UK in 2019.

The BFI definition of an independent film includes titles “made with independent US (non-studio) support or with the independent arm of a US studio”.

Top 20 independent British films released in 2019

Movie Gross box office Distributer
Downton Abbey £28.2 million Universal
The favourite £17.0 million Fox
Yesterday £13.8m Universal
Stan and Ollie £10.6 million eOne Movies
Mary, Queen of Scots £9.2m Universal
Judy £8.1 million Fox
The angel has fallen £7.5m Lions Gate
Fisherman’s Friends £7.4m Entertainment film distributors
Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon £7.0 million Studiocanal
fight with my family £5.9 million Lions Gate
blue story £4.5m Primordial
The child who wanted to be king £3.7m Fox
Blinded by the light £3.2 million eOne Movies
wild rose £2.9m eOne Movies
Horrible Histories: The Movie – Rotten Romans £2.9 million Distribution of altitude films
Peppa Pig: Festival of Fun £2.8 million eOne Movies
Jane red £2.8 million Lions Gate
Colette £2.5 million Lions Gate
Official Secrets £2.4 million eOne Movies
The following £2.0 million Fox