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Figure 5.2 Number of specialised releases, 2001-2013 500 450 400 350 300 250 200 150 100 50 0 Documentary 4 8 18 23 27 34 36 49 56 58 68 86 89 Foreign language 96 131 147 169 203 171 170 188 161 199 180 230 279 Re-release 25 25 17 21 20 25 29 26 25 28 31 34 42 Other specialised 80 58 36 47 20 73 109 97 117 88 88 100 70 Source: BFI RSU analysis of Rentrak data The box office performance of specialised films, again split into the four categories of documentaries, foreign language films, re-releases and other films with a distinctive hook, genre or style, is shown in Figure 5.3. Box office revenues for all categories of specialised films are particularly affected by the release of a small number of high earning titles. Over the 13-year period, revenues for documentaries have witnessed peaks with the release of a number of break-out titles such as Farenheit 9/11 in 2004, Michael Jackson’s This Is It in 2009, Senna in 2011 and One Direction: This Is Us in 2013. Similarly, foreign language film grosses have peaked with the release of titles such as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Amélie in 2001 and The Passion of the Christ in 2004. The combined annual revenues for re-releases of archive/classic titles are consistently small, rarely rising above £1.5 million. Finally, the more subjective category of films with distinctive and non-mainstream genres or styles has achieved its highest grosses in years when a few of its titles translated critical acclaim into box office success – Slumdog Millionaire in 2009, The King’s Speech in 2011 and Life of Pi in 2012. The top release in this category in 2013 was the UK independent film Philomena. 52 – BFI Statistical Yearbook 2014 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13


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