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The pattern of genres ranked by the average number of sites at the widest point of release (WPR) is shown in Table 4.2. The top genre by WPR in 2013 was sci-fi followed by western and fantasy. For all three of these genres the average WPRs are based on low numbers of releases, many of which were heavily promoted by the major US studios. The sci-fi films include Gravity, Oblivion and Star Trek Into Darkness (WPRs of 572, 527 and 556 respectively), the westerns include Django Unchained and The Lone Ranger (WPRs of 458 and 519) and the fantasy films include Beautiful Creatures, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (WPRs of 423, 598 and 464). The UK film Les Misérables had the highest individual WPR (600) of all 2013 releases. At the opposite end of the scale, the average WPR for the war genre was 14 and for documentaries was 20. Only five war films were released in 2013 and the title with the widest release was the German language film Lore (WPR of 27). The documentary with the widest release was the music/concert documentary One Direction: This Is Us, which had a WPR of 479. The other major music documentary released in 2013 was Justin Bieber’s Believe (WPR of 103). If these two documentaries were excluded, the average WPR for the genre would have been just 14. Table 4.2 Films released in the UK and Republic of Ireland by genre, 2013 (ranked by average widest point of release) Genre 36 – BFI Statistical Yearbook 2014 Average number of sites at widest point of release Number of releases Gross box office (£ million) Sci-fi 422 9 87.4 Western 327 3 20.4 Fantasy 280 9 59.5 Animation 273 33 246.6 Adventure 251 8 57.7 Action 206 47 215.4 Biopic 193 22 40.2 Music/dance 168 11 48.6 Horror 145 37 57.5 Crime 132 33 48.6 Comedy 102 153 158.2 Thriller 89 64 29.1 Romance 59 34 13.9 Drama 45 141 59.7 Documentary 20 89 10.7 War 14 5 0.3 All genres 108 698 1,153.7 Source: Rentrak, BBFC, IMDb, BFI RSU analysis Note: Figures as at 23 February 2014.


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