January 2, 2014

2013 – What won at the UK Box Office…
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by Tom Goodwyn

hmv London; 02/01/2014

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2013 – What won at the UK Box Office…

2013 was a mixed year at the cinema; there were some huge successes, some spectacular duds and lots and lots of wonderful indie fare.

Some films performed spectacularly given their marketing power, in particular Philomena, which out-grossed both Thor and The Great Gatsby at the UK box office, while others died a small death, including Jack The Giant Slayer and The Lone Ranger which finished at Number 44 and 62 respectively in the end of year rankings.

Here (courtesy of data from Box Office Mojo) is the UK's Top 10 grossing films of 2013.

Fast & Furious 6

Fast & Furious 6

#10

This demonstrated its power once more with takings of £22 million back in early summer. One of the year's true event movies.

Star Trek Into Darkness

Star Trek Into Darkness

#9

The follow-up to JJ Abrams' rebooting of the seminal sci-fi saga has been greeted with mixed reactions by fans, but performed solidly at the box office, taking well over £23 million in the process.

Gravity

Gravity

#8

Given this only came out in November, it's placing on the box office chart is all the more impressive. An immersive space adventure, this sci-fi epic was billed as a film that has to be seen on the big screen. It worked too, taking over £25 million at the box office.

The Croods

The Croods

#7

It was a great year for animations in UK cinemas and this Nicolas Cage and Emma Stone voiced adventure about a cave family benefited hugely from this, taking over £26 million in ticketing cash.

Man of Steel

#6

Superman returned in supreme form this year and helped himself to over £27 million at the box office.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

#5

Jennifer Lawrence proved once again that she can do no wrong as the second instalment in this franchise netted over £28 million in takings.

Monsters University

Monsters University

#4

It might not have had the critical lauding that it's predecessor got, but that didn't stop this Pixar flick grabbing £28.5 million from UK cinemagoers.

Iron Man 3

Iron Man 3

#3

This kept up Marvel's dominance at the box office, taking over $1.2 billion worldwide and over £34 million in the UK alone.

Les Misérables

Les Misérables

#2

This technically came out in 2012, but did the lion share of its business in early 2013, raking in over £38 million as it sang its way to the top of the box office.

Despicable Me 2

Despicable Me 2

#1

This animated sequel trampled all over the competition, grossing over £43 million at the box office and even more in merchandising. A cinematic monster has been born, and it's got minions…