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UK Film Distributors Unveil Adventure And Humour At The Heart Of The exhilarating Line-Up In Cinemas For Summer 2012

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

More than 160 new releases set for summer 2012, including the latest event films

from Tim Burton, Ridley Scott, Christopher Nolan, Ken Loach, Scott Hicks,

Todd Solondz, Wes Anderson and others

UK box-office currently running 4% ahead of 2011; passes £300m in year to date in record time

 

London, 26 April 2012 — Film distributors today unveiled the line-up for UK cinema audiences in summer 2012. More than 160 titles will be released in the four-month season from May to August, during which time the trade body, Film Distributors’ Association (FDA), anticipates approximately 60 million cinema visits, equivalent to one visit per person in the UK population.

 

Lord (David) Puttnam CBE, FDA President, said: “We in Britain are heading into what promises to be a truly exceptional summer, during which the power of media and spectacle to bring people together will never have been more apparent. The cinema is incredibly well placed to capitalize on the feel-good spirit The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympics are bound to generate – the line-up of summer movie entertainment is packed with triumph over adversity, love and longing, grandeur and humour. It’s my most sincere hope that audiences throughout the UK will enjoy it to the full.”

 

Among the diverse highlights of the summer of cinema 2012 are:

 

The year’s greatest concentration of spectacular adventure films: Marvel Avengers Assemble, launching the season this week after a European premiere in London last week; The Dark Knight Rises, concluding Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy; The Amazing Spider-Man pitting Andrew Garfield new in the title role against Rhys Ifans as The Lizard; Men in Black 3 starring Will Smith, his first summer blockbuster since Hancock in 2008; Total Recall with Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale and Bill Nighy; The Bourne Legacy with new lead Jeremy Renner who also plays Hawkeye in Marvel Avengers Assemble; GI Joe: Retaliation, bringing together Channing Tatum, Dwayne Johnson and Bruce Willis; Gareth Evans’s inventive action thriller The Raid; plus Killer Joe, Red Tails and Red Lights.

 

A huge spread of comedies: The Dictator starring Sacha Baron Cohen; A Fantastic Fear of Everything starring Simon Pegg; Ted starring Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis; American Pie: Reunion reuniting Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan and Seann William Scott; The Five-Year Engagement, from producer Judd Apatow, with Jason Segel and Emily Blunt; Neighborhood Watch with Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn and Richard Ayoade; Casa Di Mi Padre starring Will Ferrell; musical comedy Rock of Ages featuring Tom Cruise, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Russell Brand; plus Think Like A Man, A Few Best Men and the Farrelly brothers’ The Three Stooges. Ken Loach directs a spirited comedy drama, The Angels’ Share, starring Roger Allam, while the comedy horror, Piranha 3D (2010) has spawned a summer 2012 follow-up, Piranha 3DD.

 

The range of romances takes in: Now is Good starring Dakota Fanning and Jeremy Irvine; Scott Hicks’ The Lucky One with Zac Efron and Taylor Schilling; and Step Up 4: Miami Heat, a fresh entry in the popular franchise.

 

Stunning new worlds of fantasy: Prometheus with Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender and Charlize Theron; Snow White and the Huntsman starring Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron; Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows with Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer and Eva Green; Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter with Dominic Cooper and Rufus Sewell; and a brace of ghost stories, The Innkeeper and The Pact.

 

Cult director, Wes Anderson returns with the quirky Moonrise Kingdom starring Bruce Willis, Edward Norton and Bill Murray. Moonrise Kingdom launches the Cannes Film Festival on 16 May, and opens in UK cinemas the following week. From El Bulli to Hari Kiri, The Turin Horse to Polise, and Bol Bachchan to Kosmos, films from all

 

Family choices include: Brave, the latest Pixar animation, about a Scottish Princess voiced by Kelly Macdonald; Top Cat – The Movie; Dr Seuss’ The Lorax, voiced by Danny DeVito; a third entry in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, Dog Days; and a fourth digitally animated Ice Age: Continental Drift.

 

Classic films digitally remastered for a new release in cinemas this summer include: Hugh Hudson’s Oscar-winning Chariots of Fire (including a re-creation of the 1924 Olympics); Steven Spielberg’s Jaws; Beauty and the Beast in 3D; Powell and Pressburger’s The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp; and Billy Wilder’s The Apartment.

 

British locations, and filmmaking facilities and expertise, continue to be much in demand. Films shot in the UK being launched this summer include: Fast Girls starring Bradley James and Noel Clarke, who also scripted; Storage 24, a sci-fi adventure also written by and starring Noel Clarke, with Antonia Campbell-Hughes and Laura Haddock (from The Inbetweeners Movie); Ol Parker’s Now is Good; Nigel Cole’s All in Good Time, a comedy about British family strife with Reece Ritchie and Meera Syal; Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows; Ridley Scott’s Prometheus; and Rupert Sanders’ action-packed feature directorial debut, Snow White and the Huntsman. Crispian Mills’s A Fantastic Fear of Everything was also shot in London, while Glasgow played host to Ken Loach’s The Angels’ Share.

 

 

With the summer season fast approaching, FDA also released new statistics today showing that the cinema experience retains its saliency and popularity with UK audiences:

 

  • In the first 15 weeks of 2012 (the year through to mid-April), the UK cinema box-office is running 4% ahead of the same period of 2011 (£312.9 million box-office receipts to 19 April, up from £301.7 million in 2011).

  • This follows a very strong Easter for cinema visits: the UK box-office topped £20 million over the four days of the Easter weekend, Friday 6 – Monday 9 April 2012. On bank holiday Monday, 9 April alone, 1 million people went to the cinema. This was the best performing day of the busy weekend, thanks to cloudy/rainy weather and the widely appealing line-up of films on release, including Titanic 3D, The Pirates! In An Adventure with Scientists! and The Hunger Games.

  • British films and stories continue to be highly appealing: The Woman in Black (UK box-office £21.1 million, the top grossing release of the first quarter of 2012), The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (£18.9 million to date), War Horse (£18.4 million), The Pirates! In An Adventure with Scientists (£14.1 million to date) and The Iron Lady (£9.1 million) are five of the top ten titles of the year to date. In 2011, British films achieved an overall high market share of 36.2%.

By way of international context, in 2012 to date, the UK has accounted for one-fifth of the cinema box-office in Europe and 7% of global box-office receipts.

In promoting the summer of cinema, FDA is seeking to engage audiences with a varied new campaign including:

 

  • A season-taster trailer featuring a montage of clips from 51 summer releases;

  • A new series of vodcasts and podcasts with prizes and updates throughout the season;

  • A special event, The Ultimate Summer Film Quiz, for hundreds of film bloggers, taking place this evening (26 April) with grand prizes including “The FDA Cup”;

  • A summertime edition of the generic editorial supplement, Movie Preview Guide, offered free to print and online publications around the UK;

  • A new website, www.movies-coming-soon.com, to set out the forthcoming line-up for audiences.

 

Mark Batey, FDA Chief Executive, said: “Escapist entertainment ranks highly among the mainstream tastes of modern Britain and at the cinema, audiences get to share the most immersive experience of all. For this special summer, film distributors are releasing a huge array of stories from all over the world, with plenty of choice day by day for families, couples, friends’ nights – or afternoons – out, and thrill seekers craving the latest generation of visual effects.”

 

Broadcaster, Alex Zane, who will host some of FDA’s initiatives for this summer of cinema, said: “Summer 2012 at the cinema is set to be a scorcher with the release of some of this year’s most anticipated films. There’s something for everyone – whatever your choice of movie, you can enjoy a truly impressive line-up heading to your local cinema, a place where films look, sound and feel their absolute best. Don’t just take my word for it – get your friends, family, or just find a movie-loving stranger – and go enjoy the big screen experience!”

 

Top 12 summer films of all time in UK cinemas

  • Chart as at 26 April 2012, showing May–August releases

 

Film

 

UK cinema

release date

UK cinema

box-office

1

Toy Story 3

23 July 2010

£73.8m

2

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

15 July 2011

£73.1m

3

Mamma Mia! The Movie

10 July 2008

£68.5m

4

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men’s Chest

7 July 2006

£52.5m

5

The Full Monty

29 August 1997

£52.2m

6

Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace

16 July 1999

£51.1m

7

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

17 July 2009

£50.7m

8

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

13 July 2007

£49.8m

9

The Dark Knight

25 July 2008

£49.1m

10

Shrek 2

2 July 2004

£48.2m

11

Jurassic Park

16 July 1993

£47.9m

12

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

4 June 2004

£46.1m

The UK’s overall highest grossing film remains Avatar, released in December 2009.

 

 

 

More of the UK’s top grossing films have been released in July than in any other month

  • Out of the UK’s 250 highest grossing films of all time – a list dating back to 1988 – 44 were released in July. This is more than any other month, and over 17% of the total, indicating how July is prime time for cinemagoing in the UK.

  • Ten of the top 20 films of 2011 were launched in the summer months (May–August), including the biggest grossing film of the year, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, which was released on 15 July 2011.

 

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