UK film of the year, Les Misérables, which was to become the second most successful musical of all time at the UK box office. Admissions in February and March were lower compared with the equivalent months in 2012. The months’ top earning titles Wreck-It Ralph and Django Unchained in February and Oz the Great and Powerful and The Croods in March failed to raise overall admissions to the levels of the previous year which saw The Hunger Games, The Woman in Black and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel released in the same period. April admissions saw a more dramatic fall, down 21% compared with 2012, despite one of the month’s releases, Iron Man 3, recording the second highest opening weekend of the year. Admissions in May and June were higher than for the same months in 2012, although June admissions were only slightly above those of the equivalent month in 2012 when cinema had had to compete for audiences with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations and the European Football championships. Iron Man 3 continued to perform well in May alongside new releases Star Trek Into Darkness, Fast & Furious 6 and The Hangover Part III while top earners in June included Man of Steel and the year’s highest opening title Despicable Me 2, which was to become the most successful release of the year. Admissions fell again in July, despite the top film of the year continuing to attract strong audiences. July was the third hottest month in over a century, and only one of the month’s releases made it into the year’s top 20 films. Although it was to become the eighth most successful film of the year, Monsters University had the second lowest opening gross of the top 20 films. August and September admissions were higher in 2013 than in the previous year, but this might be expected since cinema had faced further competition from 2012’s summer of spectacle, with the London Olympic and Paralympic Games vying for audiences in the same period in 2012. UK films did particularly well during these months, with three titles topping the box office charts in August – Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, Kick-Ass 2 and One Direction: This Is Us – and two leading the charts in September – About Time and Rush. Admissions in October and November were both down more than 20% on the equivalent months in 2012 which had benefited from the release of a slew of that year’s top films including the UK’s most successful ever release Skyfall which grossed twice as much as the top film of 2013. Two UK films topped the box office charts in 2013 during Chapter 1: The box office – 11 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 1.1 UK cinema admissions The 165.5 million cinema tickets sold in the UK in 2013 represented a 4% decline from the number of admissions in 2012. However, UK cinema attendances have remained relatively stable since 2002 (Figure 1.1). It was a mixed picture across other major territories, with some large increases and decreases. Admissions were up in China (16.9%), Italy (6.6%) and Russia (9.2%) but decreased in Australia (-3.4%), France (-5.2%), Germany (-4.0%), Spain (-15.4%) and the USA (-1.1%). Figure 1.1 Annual UK cinema admissions, 2001-2013 Million 200 180 160 140 120 100 80 60 40 20 0 Year 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 Total admissions (million) 2001 155.9 2002 175.9 2003 167.3 2004 171.3 2005 164.7 2006 156.6 2007 162.4 2008 164.2 2009 173.5 2010 169.2 2011 171.6 2012 172.5 2013 165.5 Source: CAA, Rentrak A breakdown of monthly cinema admissions in the UK is outlined in Table 1.1. Despite a period of heavy snowfall, ticket sales in January were just over a quarter higher than the equivalent month in 2012 and were the second highest of the entire year. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and Life of Pi, two films that had opened at the end of 2012, were continuing to attract large audiences and the month also saw the release of the top grossing Image: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Licensed by: Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.
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