British characters a hit at the box office
Among the top-grossing films were the film adaptations of JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy, along with the Harry Potter movies based on JK Rowling's novels.
Other films in the top 20 included Die Another Day, based on Ian Fleming's James Bond series, while Helen Fielding's Bridget Jones character also saw success in cinemas.
This year's most popular British film so far has been The Da Vinci Code, which was largely shot, funded and made by Britons.
Another success was the Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, based on the CS Lewis story, while an adaptation of HG Wells' science-fiction classic The War of the Worlds also scored at the box office.
According to the UK Film Council, the amount of money spent on film production in Britain rose by 76 per cent during the first half of 2006, compared to last year.
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