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3.1 Top 20 films at the UK box office, 1989-2013 Table 3.1 shows the top 20 films of all time at the UK box office. The chart features no films released in 2013, as the highest grossing title of the year was Despicable Me 2, whose takings of £47 million make it the all time 27th top earning release at the UK box office. Two films on the list have swapped places since last year’s edition of the Yearbook. With a final box office tally of £52.3 million, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey overtook The Full Monty (£52.2 million) to take the 17th spot in the chart. The list is dominated by franchise movies, including four of the eight Harry Potter titles, the first of the Hobbit trilogy, all three of the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the three latest James Bond films. Only four of the top 20 films are neither sequels nor franchise titles, namely Avatar (although three sequels to this film are currently in pre-production), The Full Monty, Mamma Mia! and Titanic. Ten of the top 20 films are UK/USA collaborations and 13 of the top 20 are based on stories and characters created by UK writers such as Ian Fleming, JK Rowling and JRR Tolkien, which shows the sustained appetite for home-grown material amongst British audiences. Ranking all time top films In the absence of admissions data on individual films, top films can only be measured in terms of earnings at the box office. Inflation is a key factor affecting earnings and this needs to be borne in mind against some of the figures quoted in this chapter (however, some figures are adjusted for inflation). Most of this chapter relates to actual box office receipts from 1989 onwards (although coverage of box office figures for some high grossing films goes back to 1975), so can be categorised as all time top films since it is unlikely that anything produced before 1989 will have earned more in nominal terms. Chapter 3: Top films of all time at the UK box office – 29 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 Image: Philomena © 2013 PHILOMENA LEE LIMITED, PATHÉ PRODUCTIONS LIMITED, BRITISH FILM INSTITUTE AND BRITISH BROADCASTING CORPORATION


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