Figure 7.2 Top 12 UK actors featured in the top 200 films at the worldwide box office, 2001-2013 (number of appearances in brackets) Total gross box office (US$ billion) Helena Bonham Richard Griffiths (7) Carter (10) Daniel Radcliffe/ Emma Watson/ Rupert Grint (8) Orlando Bloom (7) Ralph Fiennes (6) Ian McKellen (8) Julie Walters (6) Christopher Lee (7) Alan Rickman (5) Gary Oldman (5) 7.69 7.24 6.91 6.09 5.93 5.72 5.67 5.18 5.15 4.16 8 6 4 2 0 Source: BFI RSU Note: Includes actors who have made four or more appearances in the top 200 films, either in lead/title role or supporting role (not including voices in animated films). Chapter 7: UK talent and awards – 75 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 Total gross box office (US$ billion) 7.3 UK directors Twenty-six of the 200 highest grossing films at the worldwide box office between 2001 and 2013 were helmed by British directors (Figure 7.3 and Table 7.3). This is one fewer than in the top 200 films of 2001-2012. None of the 2013 releases which entered the top 200 had a British director, and Simon West’s The Expendables 2 dropped out of the top 200. David Yates’s four Harry Potter films (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half- Blood Prince and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Parts 1 and 2) have made him the most commercially successful British director in recent years, with total top 200 box office takings of $4.16 billion. Christopher Nolan is second having directed Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, Inception and The Dark Knight Rises which earned a total of $3.28 billion. In third place is Mike Newell who directed Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, which together grossed $1.23 billion. Sam Mendes is at number four due to Skyfall’s worldwide gross of $1.11 billion, while Ridley Scott is in fifth place with three films (Robin Hood, Hannibal and Prometheus) which together grossed over $1.07 billion. Only one British woman features in the top 200: Phyllida Lloyd is eighth on the list with a worldwide gross of $602 million for Mamma Mia!. There are two UK independent films in the top 200. These are Tom Hooper’s The King’s Speech (with a worldwide gross of $414 million) and Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire ($377 million). The combined earnings of The King’s Speech and the studio-backed Les Misérables (which was released in the USA in 2012 and the UK in 2013) place Tom Hooper at number seven on the list with $856 million while Danny Boyle is at number 14.
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