Despicable Me 2 tops 2013 hit list
Despicable Me 2 was the biggest hit film of last year, pulling in more than £47 million at the box office, according to figures released by the film industry.
Other big hits included T he Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug and Les Miserables, both of which took more than £40 million at cinemas in the UK and Republic of Ireland.
The biggest independent release was Philomena, with Steve Coogan and Dame Judi Dench, which grossed over £11 million.
Figures from the British Film Institute (BFI) show i t is the third year running that m ore than £1 billion was spent at the box office, but they also show the number of British-produced films at a five-year low of 239 - 86 fewer than the year before.
Researchers also found takings down by one per cent on 2012 and a four per cent dip in tickets sales.
F ilm production generated a total spend of £1.075 billion in 2013, a 14 per cent increase on 2012's £945 million.
The vast majority of that - £868 million - was generated by 37 major international movies including The Man From UNCLE, Muppets Most Wanted and Before I Go To Sleep.
Chancellor George Osborne said the figures " highlight the valuable cultural and economic contribution that our creative industries make to the UK".
BFI boss Amanda Nevill said they showed the UK " is a leading international player in this sector".
:: The 20 highest-grossing films released in the UK and Republic of Ireland in 2013:
1. Despicable Me 2 - £47.46 million
2. The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug - £41.59 million
3. Les Miserables - £40.82 million
4. Iron Man 3 - £36.97 million
5. Frozen - £34.17 million
6. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire - £33.79 million
7. Monsters University - £30.69 million
8. Man Of Steel - £29.95 million
9. Gravity - £28.85 million
10. The Croods - £26.78 million
11. Star Trek: Into Darkness - £25.82 million
12. Fast And Furious 6 - £25.27 million
13. Wreck-It Ralph - £23.78 million
14. Thor: The Dark World - £19.85 million
15. The Hangover Part III - £19.32 million
16. Captain Phillips - £16.09 million
17. Django Unchained - £15.74 million
18. The Great Gatsby - £15.73 million
19. Oz: The Great And Powerful - £15.28 million
20. World War Z - £14.57 million