Potter tops 07 UK box office

Order of the Phoenix is most successful film, making more than £49.4m at UK and Ireland cinemas.
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Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean and Shrek the Third were the biggest draws at the box office in 2007.

According to Screen International, the fifth film in the Harry Potter series - The Order of the Phoenix - was the most successful, making more than £49.4m. This was followed by the final instalment in the Pirates of the Caribbean story, At World's End, earning in excess of £42m, and then Shrek the Third with £38.6m.

Other licensing success stories The Simpsons Movie (£38.5m), Spider-Man 3 (£33.5m) and Ratatouille (£24.7m) were fourth, fifth and sixth respectively.

Transformers was in eighth position amassing some £22.8m. Its studio, Paramount Pictures had the most successful year. Its alliance with Dreamworks helped it to a market share of 16 per cent in the US and 15 per cent in the UK. Warner Brothers was second with 14 per cent in both territories.

Meanwhile, Will Smith's I Am Legend was the first box office chart topper of 2008. The sci-fi thriller beat off competition from The Golden Compass and Enchanted (which was number one the previous week).

2008 is likely to be another bumper year at the box office, with forthcoming potential blockbusters including Iron Man, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Wall-E and Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.

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