Miércoles 1 de Agosto de 2007, Ip nº 201

Older film fans help box office takings jump 56%
Por Christopher Claire

A GROWING generation of older filmgoers has helped cinema box office takings in the UK jump 56% in the past 10 years.

The UK Film Council said takings in the UK at the box office rose from £489m in 1997 to £762m in 2006. But takings in 2006, which saw the release of movies such as The Queen, The Da Vinci Code and Casino Royale, were 1% down on 2005.

Audiences over the age of 45 doubled in the past decade, from 19 million to 38 million.

The weekend, traditionally the most popular time for the cinema, made only 60% of total box office receipts last year.

That figure is down from 68% in 2002, partly because older audiences are going to see films during the week.

For the first time in a decade, there has also been a rise in the number of traditional non-multiplex cinemas (those with fewer than five screens) and rural cinemas.

Experts say this could also be down to older audiences as well as changing tastes. However, the majority of film fans are still young - nearly half the total are under 25.

British film exports overseas are at an 11-year high, according to the UK Film Council. UK films took £1.1bn at the global box office.

John Woodward, chief executive officer of the UK Film Council, said: "The British film industry is in rude health."

  15/07/2007. The Scotsman.