Skyfall takes UK cinema audiences to decade high

UK cinemas made £1 billion in 2012, thanks to a bumper year for British film

British cinemas made more than £1 billion in 2012, making it the most successful year in nearly a decade.

172 million people visited UK cinemas, according to new figures from the British Film Institute, an increase of nearly one million from the previous year.

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Skyfall... helped UK cinemas to decade high (Copyright: Rex)

Additionally, one third of the films that were seen were British.

It's thought that the success of 23rd Bond film 'Skyfall' helped to boost numbers, far and away the biggest film of last year.

It took £102.26 million, compared to the film in second place, 'The Dark Knight Rises', which took £56.26 million.

'Avengers Assemble' then followed in third place (£51.87 million), 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' in fourth (£50 million) and 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II' in fifth place (£35.67 million).

Elsewhere, independent films like the Daniel Radcliffe-starring 'The Woman In Black', 'The Iron Lady', 'War Horse' and 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' also did well.

“2012 was a spectacular, historic year for the UK with the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations gaining massive public attention and participation,” read a statement from the BFI.

“Although the early summer marked an unsurprising downturn in cinema business, some of the weekend box office results during the national celebration period were amongst the highest of the year.

“For example, the second weekend of the Olympic Games, including ‘Super Saturday’ produced the sixth highest weekend of the year for the cinema business.”