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Lego Movie was top UK and Ireland film of 2014

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Image caption A follow-up to The Lego Movie is due out in 2018

Animated comedy The Lego Movie was the top film in the UK and Ireland in 2014, although box office takings were down almost 3% on the previous year.

The Lego Movie made £34.3m, while the final Hobbit instalment took £33.5m.

Overall takings exceeded £1.1bn for the fifth year running, though the 2.9% drop on 2013 was the biggest fall since box office tracking began in 1991.

The Wolf of Wall Street fell outside the top 10 but still took £22.7m, the most ever taken by an 18-rated title.

Despicable Me 2 took the top spot in 2013 with takings of £47.4m, while Les Miserables came in second with £40.7m.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, which is still on release, is expected to overtake The Lego Movie in the next few weeks.

Family films

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

Family films due for release include Peppa Pig, Despicable Me spin-off Minions and Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie.

Top 10 films in UK and Ireland in 2014
1. The Lego Movie - £34.3m
2. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies - £33.5m
3. The Inbetweeners 2 - £33.3m
4. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - £32.7m
5. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 - £30.1m
6. Guardians of the Galaxy - £28.5m
7. Paddington - £27.9m
8. X-Men: Days of Future Past - £27.1m
9. How to Train Your Dragon 2 - £25m
10. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 - £24m

The biggest British film of the year was The Inbetweeners 2, which gave the box office a much needed boost last summer following the World Cup in Brazil.

The TV comedy spin-off took £33.3m, which also made it the third biggest film overall.

Paddington was the second biggest British film of 2014. Still on release, the big-screen vehicle for the popular children's character has taken £27.9m to date.

Top 5 British films in UK & Ireland in 2014
1. The Inbetweeners 2 - £33.3m
2. Paddington - £27.9m
3. Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie - £14.7m
4. The Imitation Game - £14.1m
5. Non-Stop - £9.4m

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