Chapter 4: Genre and classification – 47 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 Half of the releases in the list of top ‘12A’ classified films are action titles. The top two films in this list are The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and Les Misérables, which were the second and third highest grossing films of the year (Les Misérables was also the highest grossing UK film of the year). Five of the top 10 films are UK films, one more than in 2012 (Table 4.12). Table 4.12 Top 10 ‘12A’ classified films, 2013 Title Country of origin Gross box office (£ million) Distributor Genre The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug* USA/NZ 42.9 Warner Bros Fantasy Les Misérables UK/USA 40.8 Universal Music/dance Iron Man 3 USA/China 37.0 Walt Disney Action The Hunger Games: Catching Fire* USA 34.1 Lionsgate Adventure Gravity* UK/USA 31.1 Warner Bros Sci-fi Man of Steel USA 30.0 Warner Bros Action Star Trek Into Darkness USA 25.8 Paramount Sci-fi Fast & Furious 6 UK/USA 25.3 Universal Action Thor: The Dark World* UK/USA 20.1 Walt Disney Action Captain Phillips* UK/USA 16.1 Sony Pictures Action Source: Rentrak, BBFC, IMDb, BFI RSU analysis Note: Figures as at 23 February 2014. * Film still on release on 23 February 2014. By definition, ‘15’ classified films contain stronger material than those deemed suitable for younger audiences. Depending on the type of film they are likely to involve more adult-oriented themes and the use of stronger language. This is reflected in the top 10 for 2013, where comedy is the most common genre with four titles, including the top film, The Hangover Part III, followed by horror with two titles (Table 4.13). Three UK films appear in the top 10, compared with one in 2012. Table 4.13 Top 10 ‘15’ classified films, 2013 Title Country of origin Gross box office (£ million) Distributor Genre The Hangover Part III USA 19.3 Warner Bros Comedy World War Z UK/USA 14.6 Paramount Horror Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues* USA 14.3 Paramount Comedy American Hustle* USA 13.3 Entertainment Crime The Conjuring USA 10.5 Warner Bros Horror Rush UK/Ger/USA 10.1 StudioCanal Action Elysium USA 9.1 Sony Pictures Sci-fi The World’s End UK/USA 8.7 Universal Comedy We’re the Millers USA 8.6 Warner Bros Comedy Prisoners USA 7.3 eOne Films Thriller Source: Rentrak, BBFC, IMDb, BFI RSU analysis Note: Figures as at 23 February 2014. * Film still on release on 23 February 2014.
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