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Harry Potter is UK top-grosser of 2005

Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire

Story by Jack Foley

HARRY Potter & The Goblet of Fire was the most successful film of 2005 in the UK, grossing more than Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith and Charlie & The Chocolate Factory.

The fourth film in the wizard series has made £43m in the UK since its November release – £4m more than the second highest grosser, Star Wars.

Two of the year’s other biggest releases – The Chronicles of Narnia and King Kong – only made their debuts in December and so figures are incomplete, although Narnia is currently the eighth most successful film and Kong already lies at 19th despite only having been out a week.

Tim Burton’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory remake and Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit were third and fourth, amassing £37.3m and £31.8m respectively.

Commenting on some of the figures, Robert Mitchell, Screen International’s chief box-office analyst, predicted that Narnia would be in the top five and Kong would be in the top 10 come the year’s end.

Of the other successful films, fantasy played a big part. Steven Spielberg’s War of the Worlds, starring Tom Cruise, was fifth most popular film, while Batman Begins was 11th and comic-book adaptation Fantastic Four stands at 15th.

And animated children’s films also fared well, with animal caper Madagascar standing at seven, Robots at 17 and Valiant at 20.

The only wholly British film in the Top 10 is Nanny McPhee, in tenth place, although Pride and Prejudice and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – both Anglo-American co-productions – came in at 12th and 18th respectively.

The distributor that enjoyed the most success, however, was UIP which had seven titles in the Top 20, with a combined box office haul of £155m. They were responsible for both King Kong and Pride and Prejudice, as well as War of the Worlds.

Last year’s box-office favourite was Shrek 2, which made £48m.