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Chapter 4: Genre and classification – 41 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 4.2 BBFC classification All films in the UK must carry a classification indicating their suitability for exhibition in premises licensed for cinematic exhibition by local authorities. The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) provides age ratings for the majority of films aimed at theatrical release, although local authorities may grant their own classification if they decide to do so. The symbols used by the BBFC, and their meanings, are given in Table 4.6. Table 4.6 BBFC cinema film classifications U (Universal) Suitable for all PG (Parental Guidance) General viewing, but some scenes may be unsuitable for young children 12A No-one younger than 12 may see a ‘12A’ film in a cinema unless accompanied by an adult 15 No-one younger than 15 may see a ‘15’ film in a cinema 18 No-one younger than 18 may see an ‘18’ film in a cinema Source: BBFC website 4.2.1 Releases and box office by classification Table 4.7 provides a picture of how 2013 releases were classified. It shows that, as in previous years, more ‘15’ films (38%) were released than any other category, but the largest share of box office gross was earned by ‘12A’ films (46%). The proportion of releases for ‘15’ films was lower than in 2012 (43%) but was higher for ‘12A’ films (32% compared with 29%). Films classified as ‘15’ in 2013 accounted for 24% of the box office gross. Table 4.7 All releases in the UK and Republic of Ireland by BBFC film classification, 2013 BBFC classification Number of releases % of releases Gross box office (£ million) % of gross box office Top performing title U 45 6.4 188.6 16.3 Despicable Me 2 PG 79 11.3 123.0 10.7 Frozen 12A 225 32.2 525.4 45.5 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 15 268 38.4 282.0 24.4 The Hangover Part III 18 73 10.5 34.8 3.0 Django Unchained No classification 8 1.1 <0.1 <0.1 The Invisible Lighthouse Total 698 100.0 1,153.7 100.0 Source: Rentrak, BBFC, BFI RSU analysis Notes: ‘No classification’ means no classification issued for theatrical release. Some of these films have a classification for video release. Figures as at 23 February 2014. Percentages/figures may not sum to totals due to rounding. Table 4.8 shows the breakdown of classifications for UK films released in 2013, and Table 4.9 shows the breakdown for UK independent films. The proportions of films released by BBFC classification were similar for all films, UK films and UK independent films (except that for UK films and UK independent films there were more ‘15’ releases than for all films and for all films there was a compensating higher proportion of ‘12A’ releases compared with UK films and UK independent films), but there were differences in box office takings by classification between the three categories (Figure 4.3).


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