The creepy and exceptional Hammer produced UK horror, The Woman in Black, has had massive success both here and in the US. I reported a few weeks ago on how well the film, directed by James Watkins and starring Daniel Radcliffe, had performed both here and in the US. The chilling, old fashioned ghost story top the box office here in the UK, and also in the US while up against Chronicle, and a press release goes into some detail as to just how well the film has performed at the box office.
With the film being a 12A, and also starring Mr Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe, clearly it has attracted a much wider audience than the usual horror film would do, but even though the film has been massively successful, does it come at a cost? By this I mean the low rating for the film and the amount of teenagers going to see it and spending more time laughing, talking and causing stress to other horror fans during the film than actually watching it. This is something which I will hopefully get to in an article soon, but for now, let’s give The Woman in Black credit where credit is due, and please, read the following press release for all the info you need on the films outstanding success, which is well deserved.
If you would like to read my thoughts on the film, you can find my review here
From the Press Release
Hammer’s hit film The Woman in Black has broken records again after becoming the UK’s highest grossing British horror film since records began 20 years ago.
The film has now made more than many Hollywood productions shot in the UK with British talent such as The Others, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and Interview with a Vampire as well as home-grown horrors such as Shaun of the Dead and 28 Days Later.
The film has scored a hat-trick at the top of the UK box office for distributor Momentum Pictures. Holding the number one slot in the UK for the last 3 weeks, it has taken a total of £14,598,813 from 457 screens (per screen average of £5,351).
The film’s UK success is echoed by a sensational North American performance for a British film, which now stands at more than $50 million after 25 days on release.
The Woman in Black, starring Daniel Radcliffe, is directed by James Watkins and adapted by Jane Goldman from the classic novel by Susan Hill. The film is a Hammer, Alliance Films, The UK Film Council presentation, in association with Cross Creek Pictures, and is a Talisman production in association with Exclusive Media. Producers are Richard Jackson, Simon Oakes, and Brian Oliver. Executive Producers are Guy East, Nigel Sinclair, Tobin Armbrust, Marc Schipper, Neil Dunn, Xavier Marchand, Roy Lee, and Tyler Thompson.
Simon Oakes, President & CEO of Hammer and Vice Chairman of Exclusive Media, commented: “The record-breaking success of The Woman in Black is an important achievement that affirms the re-birth of Hammer. We are continuing to develop exciting and intelligent genre films this year such as The Quiet Ones and Gaslight, both of which will shoot in the UK.”
Nigel Sinclair, CEO and Co-Chairman of Exclusive Media, Hammer’s parent company, added: “We are delighted that the film has performed so well in both the US and the UK. It is titles like The Woman in Black, as well as The Ides of March and Rush, that highlight Exclusive’s commitment to making quality films with top tier talent and international appeal.”
Xavier Marchand, President of Worldwide Distribution, Alliance Films, and Managing Director of Momentum Pictures, said: “The Woman in Black has been the number one film in the UK for the last 3 weeks and with close to $100m already at the worldwide box office shows how great British films can resonate not only here in the UK but also abroad. Congratulations to James Watkins, Daniel Radcliffe, Jane Goldman, and all involved in The Woman in Black.”
By Matt Wavish