Attending the cinema once a month or more: by age, GB
There were 171 million visits to UK cinemas in 2004, 2.4 per cent more than in 2003 and the second highest number for over 30 years.
Young people aged 15 to 24 are the most likely age group to go to the cinema. Just over half (54 per cent) of this age group reported attending the cinema once a month or more in Great Britain in 2003 compared with 19 per cent of those aged 35 and over.
In 2003 39 per cent of children aged 7 to 14 went to the cinema once a month or more. Almost all children (98 per cent) aged 4 to 9 are accompanied to the cinema by an adult. Children start to go to the cinema with friends aged 10 to 14. Over 7 in 10 children in this age group had been to the cinema with friends.
Of the top 20 films at the UK box office in 2004, 13 were US productions (including Shrek 2, The Incredibles and and Spider-Man 2), two were joint UK/US productions (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason), and four were co-productions between the US and other countries (including Troy and the Last Samurai).
As well as cultural activities, film and television are global industries. In 2003, total exports of services by the film and television industries were £1,751 million. This is a decrease of 1 per cent on 2002. Total imports were £1,917 million, a decrease of 1 per cent on the previous year. The overall effect has been a decrease in the net deficit to £166 million in 2003.
Half of all film industry exports were to the USA, while 61 per cent of its imports were from the USA. In comparison, nearly 39 per cent of film companiesí exports and 33 per cent of their imports were to and from Europe respectively.
For television companies, the largest share of exports (51 per cent) was to Europe, amounting to £342 million, followed by exports to the USA of £226 million (33 per cent of the total). Imports from the USA were estimated at £643 million and those from Europe at £443 million.
Sources: UK Film Council Cinema Advertising Association/Cinema and Video Industry Audience Research Office for National Statistics