Film Distributors’ Association (FDA) was today set to launch its 2018 Yearbook at an industry reception due to be held in London’s Leicester Square hosted by television news journalist Clive Myrie.
The 16th edition of the Yearbook is now available free of charge as a paperback and e-book via FDA’s website, www.launchingfilms.com.
The 2018 edition contains 128 pages of data and generic comment on the past year’s cinema-going in the UK and Ireland, some of it specially commissioned and not previously published.
The FDA, whose 34 member companies represent 99% of UK cinema admissions, said that 2017 saw 170.6 million cinema visits in the UK, 1.4% more than in 2016. An average of £26.5 million was spent on cinema tickets each week, generating a new-record box-office total of £1.37 billion.
More than a quarter (27.9%) of the UK’s cinema box-office was generated in London. Overall in 2017, with 1% of the global population, the UK generated 5% of global cinema box-office receipts.
The Yearbook also offers insights into how film distributors drove consumption by bringing a wide range of 874 releases to UK cinema audiences. There is also an independent analysis by Saffery Champness of the wider economic impacts that the sector delivers through its investment and innovation.
With a foreword by FDA President David Puttnam (pictured), the Yearbook includes:
- UK cinema box-office takings in 2017 shown by day, week, month, region, genre, certificate, opening weekend and other criteria
- 10-year trends in UK cinema-going
- The UK’s all-time top 50 film releases (as at Jan. 5 2018) as well as the Top 100 of 2017
- The top-grossing Bollywood and foreign language films of 2017
- Expenditure on media advertising by the UK film distribution sector in 2017
- The most-watched films shown on UK television, and the bestselling film soundtracks, in 2017
- The highest grossing films of 2017 worldwide
The Yearbook also contains short articles by the online service for cinema-goers with hearing and sight loss, YourLocalCinema.com; by the Event Cinema Association; and by the (FDA-owned) Film Content Protection Agency, which safeguards films throughout their UK cinema release.
Puttnam said: “The FDA Yearbook is a fantastically important working document in that it contains a thorough analysis of what audiences did last year and an indication of the on-going changes and trends within the film industry itself.”