Box Office Slump? Don’t Tell The Brits

“In a year when blockbusters went bust in the United States and films fizzled in Europe, Britons flocked to the cinema — to see a teenage wizard, a magical wardrobe and a psychedelic chocolate factory. The U.S. box office slumped to its lowest level in almost a decade in 2005, dragged down by a slew of underperforming action films and lackluster sequels. Ticket sales also fell across much of Europe. But while a strong pound and an uncertain tax climate have fueled fears for the future of British filmmaking, British filmgoing is in great shape.”