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20 – BFI Statistical Yearbook 2014 with the longest release was Italian comedy drama The Great Beauty which was shown for 27 weeks (the longest theatrical run of all specialised films in 2013), and the documentary with the longest release was The Act of Killing with a run of 20 weeks. Another documentary, The Epic of Everest, originally shown in 1924, was the longest running re-release of the year. It was available in cinemas for 16 weeks. Table 1.11 Median number of weeks on release by type of film Type of film Number of films Median number of weeks on release English and Welsh language* 419 11 Foreign language 279 4 Mainstream film 252 11 Specialised film* * 446 7 Of which: i) foreign language 279 4 ii) documentary 89 7 iii) re-release 42 11 Source: Rentrak, BFI RSU analysis Notes: Number of weeks = the number of weeks on release up to 23 February 2014. * One film released in 2013, Y Syrcas (The Circus) was a Welsh language film which has been included with the English language films in the Table as Welsh is a UK official language. ** 36 specialised films released in 2013 fall outside these three subcategories. Table 1.10 Median number of weeks on release by country of origin Country of origin Number of films Median number of weeks on release USA 245 12 UK independent 123 8 UK studio-backed* 16 17.5 All UK 139 9 Other Europe 151 9 India 128 3 Rest of the world 35 8 Total 698 9 Source: Rentrak, BFI RSU analysis Notes: Number of weeks = the number of weeks on release up to 17 February 2013. * ‘Studio-backed’ means backed by one of the major US film studios. Table 1.11 shows the median length of release for English language and foreign language films, mainstream and specialised films, and three sub-categories of specialised films. (Specialised films are films which do not sit easily within a mainstream commercial genre – see Chapter 5 for more information.) English language films (median length of release, 11 weeks) had longer releases on average than foreign language films (four weeks), and mainstream films (11 weeks) had longer releases on average than specialised films (seven weeks). Within specialised films, documentaries had the same median length of release (seven weeks) as all specialised films but re-releases had longer releases (11 weeks). Although the median length of release for all specialised films was seven weeks, within this category some titles were shown in cinemas for considerably longer. The foreign language film i • For more on the top films in 2013 see Chapter 2 (page 21) • For more on specialised films in 2013 see Chapter 5 (page 49) • For more on film distribution in 2013 see Chapter 9 (page 93) • For more on weekend/weekday box office performance see Chapter 9, section 9.3 (page 99) • For more on the exhibition sector in 2013 see Chapter 10 (page 104) Image: Les Misérables ©2012 Universal City Studios, LLC. Courtesy of Universal Studios Licensing LLC


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