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7.1 UK story material The global box office performance of UK films and foreign productions which draw on UK source material is a good indicator of the international impact and exposure of British culture. Of the top 200 grossing films released worldwide between 2001 and 2013, 37 are UK qualifying films, and UKoriginated story material provided the inspiration for 32 films, a feat bettered only by US story material. Collectively these 32 films have earned $23.3 billion (£14.9 billion at the 2013 average exchange rate) at the global box office. Novels by British writers have provided the source material for eight of the top 20 grossing films worldwide since 2001 (Table 7.1). Also appearing in the top 20 are The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises which feature the character Batman created by American Bob Kane, but the stories for these two films were written by British director/writer Christopher Nolan. Table 7.1 Top 20 grossing films worldwide, 2001-2013 Rank Title 72 – BFI Statistical Yearbook 2014 Country of origin Gross box office (US$ million) US distributor UK story material (writer) 1 Avatar USA 2,782 20th Century Fox 2 Marvel Avengers Assemble USA 1,518 Walt Disney 3 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 UK/USA 1,328 Warner Bros Novel by JK Rowling 4 Iron Man 3 USA/China 1,215 Walt Disney 5 Transformers: Dark of the Moon USA 1,123 Paramount 6 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King USA/NZ 1,119 New Line Novel by JRR Tolkien 7 Skyfall UK/USA 1,108 MGM/Columbia/ Sony Based on novels by Ian Fleming 8 The Dark Knight Rises UK/USA 1,081 Warner Bros 9 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest USA 1,065 Buena Vista 10 Toy Story 3 USA 1,064 Walt Disney 11 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides UK/USA 1,044 Walt Disney 12 Alice in Wonderland USA 1,024 Walt Disney Novel by Lewis Carroll 13 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey USA/NZ 1,019 Warner Bros Novel by JRR Tolkien 14 The Dark Knight UK/USA 1,002 Warner Bros 15 Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone UK/USA 974 Warner Bros Novel by JK Rowling 16 Despicable Me 2 USA 970 Universal Pictures 17 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End USA 961 Walt Disney 18 Frozen USA 956 Walt Disney 19 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 UK/USA 955 Warner Bros Novel by JK Rowling 20 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix UK/USA 939 Warner Bros Novel by JK Rowling Source: BFI RSU


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