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Chapter 2: Top films in 2013 – 23 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 2.2 The top 20 UK qualifying films The top 20 UK films of 2013, shown in Table 2.2, had a combined gross of £231 million, which was 20% of the total UK box office. This was down from £348 million in 2012 (29% of total box office). Seven UK films took more than £10 million in 2013, one fewer than in 2012. Most of the top 20 UK films were UK/USA collaborations. Eight of the top 20 titles were UK independent films, one fewer than in 2012, and they accounted for 23% of the total box office for the top 20 UK films (very similar to 2012’s 24%). The range of genres in the top 20 illustrates the variety of UK film production. The top UK film of 2013 was a musical and 10 other genres are represented in the top 20, including biopic, fantasy, horror and sci-fi. Action, with a combined box office gross of £64 million from five releases, was the highest earning genre of the top 20 UK films. In second place was comedy, with a gross of £31 million from four releases. A documentary appears in the chart for the first time ever. One Direction: This Is Us, a concert documentary featuring the eponymous UK boy band, was the highest earning documentary at the UK box office in 2013 and became the all time top grossing UK documentary in the territory. Table 2.2 Box office results for the top 20 UK qualifying films released in the UK and Republic of Ireland, 2013 Title Country of origin Box office gross (£ million) Distributor 1 Les Misérables UK/USA 40.8 Universal 2 Gravity* UK/USA 31.1 Warner Bros 3 Fast & Furious 6 UK/USA 25.3 Universal 4 Thor: The Dark World* UK/USA 20.1 Walt Disney 5 World War Z UK/USA 14.6 Paramount 6 Philomena* UK 11.1 Pathé 7 Rush UK/Ger/USA 10.1 StudioCanal 8 The World’s End UK/USA 8.7 Universal 9 Quartet UK 8.6 eOne Films 10 One Direction: This Is Us UK/USA 8.0 Sony Pictures 11 About Time UK/USA 7.7 Universal 12 Jack the Giant Slayer UK/USA 7.5 Warner Bros 13 I Give It a Year UK/Fra/Ger 6.2 StudioCanal 14 Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa UK 6.2 StudioCanal 15 Kick-Ass 2 UK/USA 5.5 Universal 16 Sunshine on Leith UK 4.6 Entertainment 17 Trance UK/USA 4.5 Pathé 18 Filth UK/Ger/USA/Bel 3.9 Lionsgate 19 47 Ronin UK/USA/Hun 3.2 Universal 20 Red 2 UK/USA 2.9 eOne Films 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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