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Chapter 3: Top films of all time at the UK box office – 31 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 3.2 Inflation-adjusted top 20 films at the UK box office, 1975-2013 Table 3.2 shows an inflation-adjusted box office chart based on the top 20 highest grossing films released in the UK since 1975 (when coverage of leading titles begins). This table contains the same films as in last year’s edition of the Yearbook as no 2013 releases appear in the chart. With the takings from its original 1998 release plus the takings from its 3D re-release in 2012, Titanic remains the highest grossing film of all time at the UK box office with earnings of £107 million in 2012/13 terms. Skyfall is in second place with £105 million and Avatar is third with £102 million. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, one of three Harry Potter films on the list, is at number four, with inflation-adjusted earnings of £87 million. All three Lord of the Rings films make the chart with The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring in fifth place (£83 million). In sixth place is Toy Story 3, the highest earning film of 2010, with an adjusted gross of £79 million. Three classic releases from the 1970s remain in the top 20: Jaws (1975) is at number eight with adjusted revenues of £76 million, the original Star Wars (1977) appears at number 15 with £72 million, and Grease (1978) is 17th with £66 million. Table 3.2 Top 20 highest grossing films at the UK box office, 1975-2013 (inflation adjusted1) Title Country of origin UK box office total (2012/13 £ million) Distributor Year of release 1 Titanic# USA 107.4 20th Century Fox 1998/2012 2 Skyfall UK/USA 104.7 Sony Pictures 2012 3 Avatar USA 102.3 20th Century Fox 2009 4 Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone UK/USA 87.2 Warner Bros 2001 5 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring USA/NZ 83.1 Entertainment 2001 6 Toy Story 3 USA 79.0 Walt Disney 2010 7 Mamma Mia! UK/USA 77.3 Universal 2008 8 Jaws USA 76.2 UIP 1975 9 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 UK/USA 76.1 Warner Bros 2011 10 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King USA/NZ 75.9 Entertainment 2003 11 Jurassic Park USA 75.7 UIP 1993 12 Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace USA 75.2 20th Century Fox 1999/2012 13 The Full Monty UK/USA 74.4 20th Century Fox 1997 14 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers USA/NZ 73.7 Entertainment 2002 15 Star Wars USA 71.6 20th Century Fox 1977 16 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets UK/USA 70.1 Warner Bros 2002 17 Grease USA 66.0 UIP 1978 18 Casino Royale UK/USA/Cze 63.9 Sony Pictures 2006 19 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest USA 60.3 Walt Disney 2006 20 E.T., The Extra-Terrestrial USA 60.3 UIP 1982 Source: Rentrak, BFI RSU analysis Notes: 1 The 2012/13 £ is calculated using the HMT UK GDP deflator (see link at end of chapter). # The box office grosses for Titanic and Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace include the grosses from their original releases plus the grosses from their 3D re-releases in 2012.


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