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Warner Bros. Number One UK Distributor

Recent figures have revealed the top UK and Irish distributors of 2011 as the UK box office crosses the £1bn mark for the third year running.

Warner Bros. have secured the top spot for the second year in a row thanks mainly to the eighth and final movie in the Harry Potter franchise, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, filmed at Leavesden Studios, and the drunken escapades of Alan in The Hangover 2. The distributor was crowned number one grossing £205.8 million.



Representatives from the company said they are looking forward to the much anticipated opening of Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter. Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden will be a permanent UK film production base for the company and will open later in the summer.

Josh Berger, president and managing director, Warner Bros. UK, Ireland and Spain, said: “With the opening of Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden and a burgeoning UK film, TV and games production slate, 2012 represents a watershed moment for the company. Warner Bros. will undoubtedly be making a greater contribution to the UK’s economic and cultural landscape than ever before.”


Warner Bros. visual concept plans for refurbishing the studios


Towards the end of December last year, London Mayor Boris Johnson, alongside his two daughters, took the opportunity to visit the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter.

Clearly impressed by the sets, the Conservative representative said at the time: “It is very mind-expanding to see the reality, to see what you can do with film. I think it will encourage young people to want to get involved in film. It is unbelievably lifelike and there is incredible attention to detail. People are going to come from all over the world. It is going to add to London’s tourist offering.”

The unique walking tour will give visitors the opportunity to explore behind the scenes and to see the sheer scale and detail of the sets, costumes, props and special effects from all eight of the record breaking films.


Boris Johnson visits Leavesden Studios


Paramount Pictures followed in a close second with £183.8 million while Universal Pictures with £137.2 million took third spot.

The top five UK and Irish distributors list was rounded off with Twentieth Century Fox grossing £132.2 million and Walt Disney Studios with £100.8 million.

Meanwhile the UK box office crossed £1bn mark for third consecutive year in 2011.

The total gross at the U.K. and Ireland box office hit £1.1 billion, up 4.5% for 2010’s £1 billion tally.




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