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The Lego Movie was top grossing film of 2014 at UK box office

The LEGO Movie

Story by Jack Foley

THE LEGO Movie was the highest grossing film of 2014 at the UK and Ireland box office.

The animated action-comedy made £34.3m, just ahead of the final instalment in the Hobbit franchise, The Battle of The Five Armies, which made £33.5m (in the period to the end of December).

However, there was some news about 2014’s box office figures that proved less than awesome… takings were down almost 3% on the previous year – and that’s despite overall takings exceeding £1.1bn for the fifth year running.

The 2.9% drop on 2013 was the biggest fall since box office tracking began in 1991.

Elsewhere in the UK top 10, The Inbetweeners 2 came third with £33.3m, while Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 rounded out the top five with, respectively, £32.7m and £30.1m.

Marvel hit Guardians of the Galaxy came in sixth with £28.5m, followed by Paddington with £27.9m.

The top 10 was rounded out by X-Men: Days of Future Past, How to Train Your Dragon 2 and The Amazing Spider-Man 2, according to Rentrak.

And although Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street fell outside the top 10 it still managed to take £22.7m, the most ever taken by an 18-rated title.

This year, 2015, is expected to bring in bigger box office receipts than 2014, with new instalments in the James Bond, Star Wars and Avengers series expected to pull in the crowds and even shatter box office records.

There are also eagerly anticipated family films such as Peppa Pig, Despicable Me spin-off Minions and Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie.

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