9.1 Distributors Table 9.1 shows that the top 10 distributors had a 96% share of the market in 2013 from the release of 310 titles (38% of all releases). The market share is similar to 2012 when the top 10 distributors had 95% of the total box office from 250 releases (33% of all releases). The remaining 117 distributors handled a total of 511 titles (62% of all releases) but gained only a 4% share of the box office. The leading distributor was Warner Bros, which released the second highest earning film of 2013, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, as well as Gravity and Man of Steel. Table 9.1 shows box office takings by distributor for all films on release during 2013, and hence includes the box office takings of films which were released in 2012 but remained on release into 2013. In second place in the list of top 10 distributors is Walt Disney whose highest earning films of the year were Frozen, Iron Man 3 and Monsters University. All of these films are in the list of the top 20 films of the year. Table 9.1 Distributor share of box office, UK and Republic of Ireland, 2013 Distributor 94 – BFI Statistical Yearbook 2014 Market share (%) Films on release in 2013 Box office gross (£ million) Warner Bros 17.2 24 204.1 Walt Disney 15.2 30 180.4 Universal 15.1 31 178.7 20th Century Fox 13.1 35 155.4 eOne Films 9.0 50 106.8 Sony Pictures 8.7 27 103.3 Paramount 7.8 16 92.2 Lionsgate 4.7 32 55.3 StudioCanal 2.8 48 33.2 Entertainment 1.9 17 23.1 Sub total 95.5 310 1,132.5 Others (117 distributors) 4.5 511 53.2 Total 100.0 821 1,185.7 Source: Rentrak Notes: The total number of films on release differs from Table 9.6 as it includes all films on release in 2013, including titles first released in 2012. Box office gross = cumulative box office total for all films handled by the distributor in the period 1 January 2013 to 31 December 2013. The distributors’ market shares fluctuate from year to year (Table 9.2). Warner Bros was the leading distributor of 2013 (as well as in 2010 and 2011) but Sony Pictures, the leading distributor of 2012 dropped to sixth place. The top independent distributor in the list was eOne Films whose titles included The Impossible and Now You See Me, as well as independent UK films Quartet, Red 2 and Song for Marion. The same distributors consistently appear in the top 10. In all years up to 2012, with one exception, the major US studios took the leading places in the list, and only six different independent distributors appear in the top 10 over the decade included in the table. In 2013, however, following eOne Films’ takeover of Momentum, eOne Films moved to fifth place in the list, overtaking both Sony Pictures and Paramount. In the last few years, the share of box office generated by distributors outside the top 10 has ranged from under 3% in 2005 to just below 8% in 2009. The share in 2013, at 4.5%, was the lowest since 2005.
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