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Chapter 1: The box office – 17 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 1.4 Country of origin of film releases As Table 1.7 indicates, 35% of all films released in the UK in 2013 were of USA origin (excluding UK co-productions) and these films accounted for 73% of total box office earnings. UK films, including co-productions, represented 20% of releases (down from 25% in 2012) and shared 22% of the box office, of which UK independent films earned 7% and UK studio-backed titles 15%. Films whose countries of origin lie outside the UK and USA accounted for 45% of releases (almost the same as the 44% seen in 2012) but only 5.1% of earnings (down from 6.6% in 2011). The decrease in box office for non-UK and non-USA films came mainly from other European films whose box office share decreased from 4.8% in 2012 to 3.0% in 2013 (from 22% of all releases). Films from India accounted for 1.4% of the total box office from 18% of releases, and films from the rest of the world accounted for 0.7% of the box office, from 5% of releases. Table 1.7 Country of origin of films released in the UK and Republic of Ireland, 2013 Country of origin Number of releases % of all releases Box office gross (£ million) Box office share (%) USA 245 35.1 839.2 72.7 UK independent 123 17.6 76.6 6.6 UK studio-backed* 16 2.3 179.1 15.5 All UK 139 19.9 255.6 22.2 Other Europe 151 21.6 35.0 3.0 India 128 18.3 16.1 1.4 Rest of the world 35 5.0 7.9 0.7 Total 698 100.0 1,153.7 100.0 Source: Rentrak, BFI RSU analysis Notes: Box office gross = cumulative total up to 23 February 2014. Sub-totals may not sum to totals due to rounding. * ‘Studio-backed’ means backed by one of the major US film studios. The changes in market share over time for films by country of origin are shown in Figure 1.6. The share of USA and UK studio-backed films had remained at around 90% up to 2010, but in 2011 this share dropped to 83%, with the share for USA-only films (60%) being the lowest for the period. Similar shares for USA and UK studio-backed films were seen in 2012, but in 2013 this share increased to 88%, a similar level to the years up to 2010. The main reason for the lower share for USA and UK studio-backed films in 2011 was the increased share for UK independent films which, at over 13%, was at its highest level since our records began. (Top earning independent UK titles in 2011 included The King’s Speech and The Inbetweeners Movie.) In 2012, the share for UK independent films, at 9%, was lower than for 2011 but still higher than for earlier years. The increased box office share for other European films in 2012 kept the share for USA and UK studiobacked films at the same level as in 2011. In 2013, the box office shares both for UK independent films and other European films were lower than in 2012, at 7% and 3% respectively.


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