U.K. box office grosses for 2008 were up 5% on the previous year to £949 million ($1.44 billion), according to figures released Friday by the Cinema Exhibitors' Assn.
"Babine" was the surprise hit of the holiday season in Quebec and is still going strong six weeks into its run in French Canada.
The international box office generated record revenues for Hollywood studios in 2008, even as the economic crisis that began in the U.S. quickly turned into a pandemic.
Russia's biggest-budget movie ever, the nearly $40 million sci-fi actioner "Obitaemyi ostrov" (Inhabited Island), opened with a bang, taking in more than $15 million locally in its first weekend.
Icy cold weather could equate to warm cinema biz this weekend as Europeans huddle for warmth in the theater for an early January pick-me-up.
Sony and MGM's "Quantum of Solace" has surpassed previous installment "Casino Royale" to become the top-grossing James Bond pic of all time at the North American box office.
Films jockeying for awards attention take centerstage at the domestic box office this weekend, with Clint Eastwood's "Gran Torino" forecast to grab the crown as it opens nationwide after a boffo…
Thanks to megahit "Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis," Gallic films bested U.S. movies in France last year and cinema admissions rose an eye-catching 6.2% to 188.8 million.
Animated sequel "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa," a festive fave with families over Christmas, dominated European box office biz over the first weekend of 2009, as overall biz remained upbeat.
The record-breaking 2008 domestic box office proves Hollywood isn't as dependent on by-the-book franchises as everyone feared.
With tentpoles driving overseas moviegoing, Hollywood majors saw 2008 foreign grosses rise 4% and set a new record of $9.9 billion.