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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 1% on 2012 and a 4% dip in tickets sales.

F ilm production generated a total spend of £1.075 billion in 2013, a 14% 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

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