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2.1 The top 20 films The top performing film at the box office in the UK and Republic of Ireland in 2013 was animation sequel Despicable Me 2, with earnings (to 23 February 2014) of more than £47 million. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (£43 million) was the second most popular release of the year followed by the top earning UK film Les Misérables (£41 million). In total, six UK titles featured in the top 20, all of which were UK/USA collaborations, produced, at least partly, in the UK and mainly financed by inward investment from the major American studios. There were also six UK titles in the top 20 films of 2012, but two of these were independent UK films. Fourteen films earned more than £20 million at the UK box office in 2013, compared with 17 in 2012 (Table 2.1). Sequels and franchises accounted for 10 of the top 20 films, compared with 13 in 2012. Animation, including the top film, Despicable Me 2, was the most popular genre in the 2013 list of top 20 films with five releases earning a total of £167 million. In second place was action, also with five films, which took a total of £128 million. The top action film in the list was fifth-placed Iron Man 3. Unusually, only one comedy, The Hangover Part III, appeared in the top 20 films of 2013. Table 2.1 Box office results for the top 20 films released in the UK and Republic of Ireland, 2013 Title 22 – BFI Statistical Yearbook 2014 Country of origin Box office gross (£ million) Number of opening weekend cinemas Opening weekend gross (£ million) Distributor 1 Despicable Me 2* USA 47.5 534 14.8 Universal 2 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug* USA/NZ 42.9 585 9.3 Warner Bros 3 Les Misérables UK/USA 40.8 590 8.1 Universal 4 Frozen* USA 38.6 507 4.7 Walt Disney 5 Iron Man 3 USA/China 37.0 555 13.7 Walt Disney 6 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire* USA 34.1 555 12.2 Lionsgate 7 Gravity* UK/USA 31.1 540 6.2 Warner Bros 8 Monsters University* USA 30.7 525 3.5 Walt Disney 9 Man of Steel USA/Can 30.0 573 11.2 Warner Bros 10 The Croods* USA 26.8 524 5.4 20th Century Fox 11 Star Trek Into Darkness USA 25.8 556 8.4 Paramount 12 Fast & Furious 6 UK/USA 25.3 462 8.7 Universal 13 Wreck-It Ralph USA 23.8 501 4.5 Walt Disney 14 Thor: The Dark World* UK/USA 20.1 522 8.7 Walt Disney 15 The Hangover Part III USA 19.3 473 6.0 Warner Bros 16 Captain Phillips* UK/USA 16.1 536 3.5 Sony Pictures 17 Django Unchained USA 15.7 445 2.8 Sony Pictures 18 The Great Gatsby Aus/USA 15.7 524 4.1 Warner Bros 19 Oz the Great and Powerful USA 15.3 530 3.7 Walt Disney 20 World War Z UK/USA 14.6 488 4.5 Paramount Source: Rentrak, BFI RSU analysis Notes: Box office gross = cumulative total up to 23 February 2014. * Film still on release on 23 February 2014.


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