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4.1 Genre For statistical purposes, the BFI Research and Statistics Unit assigns a primary genre to every film released in the UK. This is not meant to be prescriptive but helps gauge the relative popularity of different genres on a consistent basis from year to year. The list of genres is based on conventions commonly used within the industry and by published sources such as the BFI’s Collections Information Database, the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) and the Internet Movie Database (IMDb). 4.1.1 Genre of all film releases Table 4.1 shows the relative popularity of different genres at the box office in the UK and Republic of Ireland in 2013. The pattern of box office by genre each year is usually determined by a small number of high grossing releases. Animation, which included the biggest film of the year, Despicable Me 2, was the top earning genre with a combined gross of £247 million. Despicable Me 2’s takings made up just under one fifth (19%) of this genre’s total box office gross. Action was the second highest earning genre of the year with a combined gross of £215 million and comedy was third with £158 million. Sci-fi was in fourth place with £87 million despite this genre having only nine releases during the year. Six of the top performing titles by genre were UK films, which highlights the variety of story types for successful British films. These six UK films, including two UK independent films, were Gravity, I Give It a Year, Les Misérables, One Direction: This Is Us, Philomena and World War Z. Table 4.1 Films released in the UK and Republic of Ireland by genre, 2013 (ranked by gross box office) Chapter 4: Genre and classification – 35 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 Genre Number of releases % of all releases Gross box office (£ million) Image: Iron Man 3 © 2012 MVLFFLLC. TM & 2012 Marvel. All Rights Reserved. % of total box office Top performing title Animation 33 4.7 246.6 21.4 Despicable Me 2 Action 47 6.7 215.4 18.7 Iron Man 3 Comedy 153 21.9 158.2 13.7 The Hangover Part III Sci-fi 9 1.3 87.4 7.6 Gravity Drama 141 20.2 59.7 5.2 The Great Gatsby Fantasy 9 1.3 59.5 5.2 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Adventure 8 1.1 57.7 5.0 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Horror 37 5.3 57.5 5.0 World War Z Crime 33 4.7 48.6 4.2 American Hustle Music/dance 11 1.6 48.6 4.2 Les Misérables Biopic 22 3.2 40.2 3.5 Philomena Thriller 64 9.2 29.1 2.5 Prisoners Western 3 0.4 20.4 1.8 Django Unchained Romance 34 4.9 13.9 1.2 I Give It a Year Documentary 89 12.8 10.7 0.9 One Direction: This Is Us War 5 0.7 0.3 <0.1 Lore Total 698 100.0 1,153.7 100.0 Source: Rentrak, BBFC, IMDb, BFI RSU analysis Notes: Percentages may not sum to 100 due to rounding. Figures as at 23 February 2014.


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