The Lego Movie highest earner of 2014

Animated film The Lego Movie was the highest earner at the UK and Ireland box office, collecting £34.3 million, while The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies took £33.5 million, according to figures released by Rentrak. The Inbetweeners 2 was the highest placed British film, in third place with £33.3 million. The only other British entry in the box office top ten for the year is Paddington at number seven, a co-production with France that has earned £27.9 million so far.

The total box office was in excess of £1.1 billion. However, amidst the box office cheer is the sobering fact that the UK and Ireland box office suffered a 2.9% decline in 2014 from 2013, the biggest percentage drop since 1991. And, no film managed to crack the £40 million barrier. 2013 saw Despicable Me 2 collecting £47.4 million while UK/US co-production Les Misérables [+] took in £40.7 million.

The outlook for 2015 is not all doom and gloom. The release slate is packed with event movies and leading the pack is Sam Mendes’ latest James Bond offering, Spectre. The last Bond outing Skyfall [+] is the all time UK box office leader with £103 million. Other big-ticket releases include Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron and JJ Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, both UK shot projects. UK/France co-production Shaun the Sheep Movie should delight children while older audiences will skew to The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Lady in the Van.

UK/Ireland Box Office Top 10

1. The Lego Movie – £34.3 million
2. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – £33.5 million
3. The Inbetweeners 2 – £33.3 million
4. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – £32.7 million
5. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 – £30.1 million
6. Guardians of the Galaxy – £28.5 million
7. Paddington – £27.9 million
8. X-Men: Days of Future Past – £27.1 million
9. How to Train Your Dragon 2 – £25 million