Maybe it’s down to some ghostly goings-on, but the Hammer horror, The Woman in Black, has broken the record for the UK’s highest grossing British horror film since records began 20 years ago.
The spine tingling thriller, starring Harry Potter‘s Daniel Radcliffe, has stayed at the top of the UK Box Office chart for three weeks and has earned an estimated £14,598,813 from 457 screens.
The film has managed to make more money than earlier major Hollywood horror productions, such as The Others and Bram Stoker’s Dracula, both of which were filmed in the UK, as well as featuring British actors including Erik Sykes and Gary Oldman.
The Hammer hit has been just as successful in North America, taking in more than $50 million after just 25 days of release.
The Woman in Black, directed by James Watkins (The Descent Part 2 ), was adapted from the classic novel by Susan Hill. The spooky story has also been made into the popular play of the same name. It has been running in the West End since 1989, making it the second longest running, non-musical play in the history of the West End.
The record-breaking success of The Woman in Black was said to have ‘affirmed the re-birth of Hammer’ according to the President and CEO of Hammer, Simon Oakes.
According to Oakes, Hammer is set to produce more intelligent genre films like The Woman in Black this year; these include The Quiet Ones and Gaslight, both of which will shoot in the UK.
According to Xavier Marchand – the Managing Director of Momentum Pictures – the film is close to reaching a staggering $100m in the worldwide Box Office Chart.
He was impressed with the recent UK Box Office record and said: ‘It 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.”
The previous top British horror titles, according to figures by Rentrak, are:
The Others (2001) – £11,880,848
Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1993) – £11,548,429
Interview With the Vampire (1995) – £10,674,956
Sleepy Hollow (2000) – £10,047,381
Shaun Of The Dead (2004) – £6,692,683
28 Days Later (2002) – £6,296,734