The CEA says that pirates offer bounties of up to £20,000 a time for a copy of a new film, that illegal recordings cost the UK cinema industry £220 million per annum in lost sales, and that they make substantial efforts to reduce the filming including providing staff with infra-red glasses to detect suspicious activity. The 'cammers' are now so organised they make stereo recordings at the 'production' stage - and even re-lay foreign language soundtracks in 'post production'. The CEA say the police have little interest in prosecuting alleged offenders and that there have been just five successful prosecutions under the Fraud Act since 2010, not least as there is a need to show the defendant who illicitly mad the recording in the cinema was acting for financial gain.
The Top five pirated films of all time (by illegal downloads)
1 Avatar 21 million
2. The Dark Knight 19 million
3. Transformers 19 million
4. Inception 18 million
5. The Hangover 17 million
The Time, page 46, 19th May 2012 and for some background see http://torrentfreak.com/uk-movie-cammer-faces-jail-sentence-100814/ and for the CEA's response to Gowers see http://www.allpartyipgroup.org.uk/pdfs/CEA%20Response%20to%20All-Party%20Inquiry.pdf