Top 10 Films at the UK Box Office in 2014

Top 10 Films takes a look at the movies that took the most money at the UK box office in 2014 with comparisons to the film’s respective performances in the US and Worldwide…

10. Gone Girl Fox (£23m / $34m – Fox) Released Oct 3rd

Ben Affleck in Gone Girl (David Fincher)Arguably David Fincher’s best film since Seven, Gone Girl’s success at the UK box office was thanks to great word of mouth. It started slowly before building on its box office receipts, the allure of the mystery driving audiences to cinemas, while others were watching the film a second time to see what they missed the first time around.

Comparison to US Box Office Top 50: 17th
Comparison to Worldwide Box Office Top 50: 19th
Position in Top 10 Films’ Top 10 of the Year: 2nd

9. The Wolf of Wall Street (£24m / $37m – UPI) Released Jan 17th

Leonardo DiCaprio in Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall StreetReleased in the UK at the beginning of 2014, UK audiences flocked to see the sensation that was The Wolf of Wall Street, driven by provocative word-of-mouth for Martin Scorsese’s latest film. For a movie of this type its box office return is pleasing, highlighting the fact cinemagoers will still head to the theater to see good movies that don’t feature high concepts, superheroes or the allure of sequalisation. The film, while largely sitting well with critics, didn’t do as well in cinemas in the US, taking 28th spot in 2013’s grosses.

Comparison to US Box Office Top 50: 28th in 2013
Comparison to Worldwide Box Office Top 50: 17th in 2013
Position in Top 10 Films’ Top 10 of the Year: Not applicable

8. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (£26m / $40m – Sony) Released May 18th

The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Superhero, Comic Book, Marc Webb, Despite solid box office returns The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was the biggest disappointment of the summer releases in 2014. It should have been a thrilling continuation of director Marc Webb’s revamped Spider-Man but the sequel failed to thrill audiences or critics. Its financial return is therefore fittingly underwhelming with films such as The Inbetweeners 2 and How To Train Your Dragon 2 somewhat surprisingly beating it in the UK box office stakes. It also failed to make the US box office top 10 but did perform a little better on the worldwide stage.

Comparison to US Box Office Top 50: 11th
Comparison to Worldwide Box Office Top 50: 6th
Position in Top 10 Films’ Top 10 of the Year: Did not feature

7. How to Train Your Dragon 2 (£27m / $41m – Fox) Released Oct 7th

How To Train Your Dragon 2, Top 10 Films of 2014One of the best sequels in recent years, How To Train Your Dragon 2 is the perfect follow-up to 2010’s first instalment. The film’s gorgeous animation is enhanced by an amusing script and great characters. The film did far better in the United Kingdom than it did in America where it was the 16th highest grossing film of the year.

Comparison to US Box Office Top 50: 16th
Comparison to Worldwide Box Office Top 50: 11th
Position in Top 10 Films’ Top 10 of the Year: Did not feature

6. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (£28m / $43m – Lions Gate) Released November 21st

The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1, Top 10 Films of 2014The Hunger Games refuses to run out of steam. The third instalment of the franchise builds on the previous two films without feeling repetitive. The gladiatorial battles of the first The Hunger Games and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire take a back seat to a nuanced satire about media power that still retains enough visceral thrills to inspire all types of audiences. And Jennifer Lawrence is again terrific. It was the US box office’s second biggest film of the year.

Comparison to US Box Office Top 50: 2nd
Comparison to Worldwide Box Office Top 50: 8th
Position in Top 10 Films’ Top 10 of the Year: Did not feature

5. X-Men: Days of Future Past (£30m / $46m – Fox) Released June 22nd

X-Men Days of Future Past, Top 10 Films of 2014To say it split audiences would be an understatement. X-Men was one of the most highly anticipated releases of 2014 but, despite its terrific box office results, it didn’t sit well with all audiences. That said, the critics hailed it as one of the best instalments of the franchise and the film performed well all over the world, especially in the UK. It didn’t, however, make our top 10 films of the year.

Comparison to US Box Office Top 50: 7th
Comparison to Worldwide Box Office Top 50: 4th
Position in Top 10 Films’ Top 10 of the Year: Did not feature

4. Guardians of the Galaxy (£31m / $47m – Disney) Released July 31st

Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel Cinematic UniverseThe Marvel Cinematic Universe is showing no signs of weakening with three of its best releases coming in late 2013 and 2014 with Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Solder, and this, Guardians of the Galaxy, a terrific space adventure with a raggedy bunch of anti-heroes. The film was particularly impressive because it showed Marvel in a slightly different light: notably, a willingness to take risks. Since 2008’s Iron Man, Marvel has concentrated on building its superhero universe with recognisable, and importantly, popular comic book characters. This was all done with The Avengers in mind where these characters join together to battle a great foe. In Guardians of the Galaxy, we get something a little different; a film that doesn’t feature superheroes in the same sense as Iron Man and Captain America, but a bunch of morally questionable but infinitely lovable rogues who, as a group, have a collective strength powerful enough to go toe-to-toe with the toughest super villains. Oh, and the retro, 1980s pop soundtrack is brilliant.

Comparison to US Box Office Top 50: 1st
Comparison to Worldwide Box Office Top 50: 2nd
Position in Top 10 Films’ Top 10 of the Year: Did not feature

3. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (£36m / $55m – Fox) Released July 17th

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Top 10 Films, A terrific re-imagination of the classic sci-fi tale continues to get impressive treatment with director Matt Reeves taking the story successfully forward. Audiences loved it while critics also offered plenty of praise.

Comparison to US Box Office Top 50: 8th
Comparison to Worldwide Box Office Top 50: 7th
Position in Top 10 Films’ Top 10 of the Year: Did not feature

2. The Inbetweeners 2 (£36m / $56m – Film4) Released June 6th

The Inbetweeners movie 2, Top 10 Films of 2014The sequel to the impressive Inbetweeners’ first foray onto the big screen is a largely impressive affair. It’s genuinely funny for those that like their gross-out comedy to have some intelligent substance, while part 2 successfully takes the story, and importantly the characters we’ve invested a lot of time in, forward. While the film was a major financial success in the UK, it only received a limited release elsewhere and, like its predecessor, has failed to make a mark in America.

Comparison to US Box Office Top 50: Did not feature
Comparison to Worldwide Box Office Top 50: Did not feature
Position in Top 10 Films’ Top 10 of the Year: Did not feature

1. The Lego Movie (£37m / $57m – Warner) Released Feb 14th

The lego Movie, Best Film of 2014,An unsurprising winner at the UK box office this year was The Lego Movie; a delightful animated romp that the British cinema-going public took to their hearts. It is little wonder that Ryan Pollard put it at the top of his favourite films of 2014. The “Toy Story” of 2014 – it’s a film the whole family can enjoy: one of the key reasons behind its box office success.

Comparison to US Box Office Top 50: 4th
Comparison to Worldwide Box Office Top 50: 15th
Position in Top 10 Films’ Top 10 of the Year: 1st

*Box Office Figures courtesy of Box Office Mojo.com
**Box Office Figures are rounded to the nearest million

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    Tommo Reply

    Not surprised to see Lego top the list. Loved it.

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