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Lego The Hobbit Despicable Me 2

Lego Movie edges The Hobbit finale as 2014’s UK top box office earner


By John McCarthy | Media editor

January 6, 2015 | 2 min read

The 'Lego Movie' was the highest earning movie at the UK box office in 2014 although overall takings dropped by almost three per cent.

The animated family movie took £34.4m from the UK and Irish box offices, trumping the recently released 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' which earned slightly less with £33.5m – although the movie remains in cinemas in 2015.

Figures are down from 2013 where Despicable Me 2 received £47.4m, seconded by Les Miserables which took £40.7m.

Overall box office income hit over £1.1bn for the fifth consecutive year although 2014 saw a 2.9 per cent decrease decline in revenue from 2013, marking the greatest decline since measuring commenced in 1991, according to Rentrak.

Cinema figures are projected to recover in 2015 with much-anticipated entries from the James Bond, Star Wars and Avengers franchises set to dominate.

The advertising industry will hope UK cinema bounces back in 2015, especially after Digital Cinema Media last November found cinema ads offer twice as much brand retention as TV.

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