UK produced Cinderella continues to perform strongly at global box office ahead of UK release
Disney’s latest fairytale epic Cinderella has continued to perform strongly following its box-office topping opening weekend, and ahead of its UK release on Friday. The sumptuous adaptation of the classic story is the latest of several UK-shot Disney projects to enjoy major success with audiences; Into the Woods, released in December, had the highest grossing opening weekend of all time for a Broadway adaptation, while Maleficent was Walt Disney Pictures’ most successful film of 2014.
Cinderella benefitted from a host of British production talent, including Director Kenneth Branagh (Thor), Producer David Barron (Harry Potter) and Editor Martin Walsh (Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit). The stunning costumes on display throughout are also a result of British ingenuity, with Oscar-winning Costume Designer Sandy Powell (Wolf of Wall Street) providing her expertise.
In front of the camera, Cinderella features a host of UK acting talent, starring Lily James, best known as Rose in Downton Abbey (Carnival Film & TV) in the eponymous role, Helena Bonham Carter as Fairy Godmother and Richard Madden, mainly known to audiences as Game of Thrones’ Robb Stark as Prince Charming.
Beyond cast and crew, Cinderella also took full advantage of the UK’s renowned production infrastructure, basing itself at Pinewood Studios. There, it utilised five of the famous facility’s 16 stages, including the 59,000 sq. ft 007 Stage, as well as the studio’s expansive backlot.
Cinderella also filmed in picturesque Black Park, which neighbours Pinewood, as well as taking advantage of the wealth of stately buildings that welcome major productions in the UK, including Oxfordshire’s Blenheim Palace, Buckinghamshire’s Cliveden House and London’s Old Royal Naval College.
Cinderella is one of several high-profile UK productions to be released in the coming months, with the much anticipated Avengers: Age of Ultron (Marvel), shot at Shepperton Studios, premiering in the US on 1 May, and Warner Bros.’ Pan, shot at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden, arriving in US cinemas in late July.