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4.1.2 Genre of UK and UK independent film releases Action topped the box office by genre chart for all UK films released in 2013, with Fast & Furious 6 taking just under two fifths (39%) of the genre’s total box office (Table 4.4). Music/dance, which included the top UK film of the year, Les Misérables, is second in the list, and comedy is third. Documentary had more releases (32) than any of the other genres, but took less than 4% of the total box office gross. The top documentary, One Direction: This Is Us, took 85% of the box office total for all UK documentaries. Table 4.4 UK films released in the UK and Republic of Ireland by genre, 2013 (ranked by gross box office) Genre Number of 38 – BFI Statistical Yearbook 2014 releases % of all releases Gross box office (£ million) % of total box office Top performing title Action 9 6.5 64.1 25.1 Fast & Furious 6 Music/dance 4 2.9 47.9 18.8 Les Misérables Comedy 26 18.7 37.9 14.8 The World’s End Sci-fi 1 0.7 31.1 12.1 Gravity Biopic 6 4.3 16.8 6.6 Philomena Horror 7 5.0 14.8 5.8 World War Z Documentary 33 23.7 9.4 3.7 One Direction: This Is Us Crime 8 5.8 8.9 3.5 Trance Adventure 2 1.4 8.0 3.1 Jack the Giant Slayer Romance 3 2.2 6.2 2.4 I Give It a Year Thriller 17 12.2 4.1 1.6 The Counsellor Fantasy 1 0.7 3.2 1.3 47 Ronin Animation 5 3.6 1.9 0.8 Moshi Monsters: The Movie Drama 17 12.2 1.3 0.5 Hyde Park on Hudson Total 139 100.0 255.6 100.0 Source: Rentrak, BBFC, IMDb, BFI RSU analysis Notes: Percentages may not add to 100 due to rounding. Figures as at 23 February 2014. As Table 4.5 shows, comedy was the most popular genre amongst independent UK films, which made up the majority of UK film releases (88.5%). The £22 million earned by comedy films represented 27% of the total box office for all UK independent films. This is largely due to the success of Quartet and Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa which earned £9 million and £6 million respectively. Biopic was the second highest earning genre with 21% of the total box office. Philomena, the top UK independent film of the year was responsible for 66% of the genre’s total box office in this category. The second highest earning UK independent film of the year, Rush, took 76% of the action genre’s total which pushed action to third place in the list. No UK independent films were categorised as fantasy or sci-fi in 2013.


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