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Record year for UK Box Office in 2004



Story by: Jack Foley

BOX office takings rose by 3.5% in the UK in 2004, marking a new record for the country, according to Screen Daily.

Attendance figures were also on the rise, according to researchers, Nielsen EDI - up by six per cent on 2003 to 156.8m.

Shrek 2 proved to be the most audience-friendly film, with takings of £48.1m, closely followed by the latest Harry Potter instalment, The Prisoner of Azkaban (£46m).

The record was achieved despite the lack of December figures, which were expected to be lower than previous years due to the absence of any Lord of the Rings films.

And while box office receipts are at a record high, attendances weren't due to top 2002's best effort, when 174 million people visited the cinema.

Of the other highest-grossers of 2004, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason was the third biggest UK hit, with takings of £35m and counting.

Spider-Man 2 and The Incredibles also did their bit to ensure takings were up for the year.

The UK box office success emulates that in America, which also enjoyed a bumper year, with Shrek 2 once again emerging as the biggest film courtesy of box office receipts of $436m (£229m).

A record $9.4bn (£5bn) was taken at the box office, even though attendance actually fell.

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