British Minion drawn by Mary Manchin. British Minion drawn by Mary Manchin.
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Animation Was UK’s Most Popular Type of Film in 2013

British Minion drawn by Mary Manchin.
British Minion created by Mary Manchin.

In 2013, filmgoers in the United Kingdom and Ireland watched more animation than any other type of film, according to a new report by the British Film Institute. Despite comprising just 4.7% of the film releases in that region, animation accounted for 21.4% of the 2013 box office gross.

The UK released 33 animated films last year, grossing a total of £246.6 million ($414.9 million). The top-earning fully-animated film in the UK was Despicable Me 2, followed by Frozen, Monsters University, The Croods, and Wreck-It Ralph (which had a 2013 release in the territory).

The other top categories were action (18.7%), comedy (13.7%), sci-fi (7.6%), drama (5.2%) and fantasy (5.2%). The full chart is below, and the BFI’s entire 250-page report on 2013 films in the UK can be read on their website.

  • Ronnie

    Ah, yes, the animation ‘genre’. Someone should show this to Brad Bird.

  • Snalyosh

    Kind of ironic considering most of the animation we make these days is shoddy pre-shcool stuff.

  • Tomm

    Let’s see if they will give an Irish cartoon the same support ….hope springs eternal

    • Rayberay

      Which one are you talking about?

      Because the only one I’ve seen is Les Armateurs’ The Secret of Kells, and I love that movie to pieces.

      • Gerard McGrory

        Just a fun fact: The Secret of Kells was also made by Cartoon Saloon.

  • tt

    Ugh. Fucking. Animation is not a fucking genre!!!!!!!!!!!!! Might as well call live action a genre as well. -___-

  • Mary Manchin

    Hey I made this minion last year! :) Nice to see that it’s being used for an article

  • JO-JO

    good point .

  • JT

    Why isn’t gravity in the animation category?

    • tt

      or Transformers for that matter.

  • Fried

    Thank you for being a reasonable voice in a sea of people who want to moan about an issue that is completely understandable of why it exists.

  • James

    I am 24, and from the UK, and animation is huge among people in their early 20’s. When Despicable Me 2 came out, my Facebook wall was plastered with Minions photos and Frozen with videos of the songs. The Croods was the only film whose success I would say was totally down to the kids.

    It started around 5 years ago, who knows why, but as a life-long animation fan, it’s a lot of fun!

  • jonhanson

    Exactly, if Max And Mary, The Wind Rises and Cheatin’ were making hundreds of millions of dollars the argument would have more weight but I’d go as far to say that 99% of the money made by animated films falls into the “family-friendly/comedy/fantasy” category.

  • jonhanson

    Out of the top ten films in America in 2013 3 were animated. All together the top 10 made $3,168,070,832 while the 3 animated films made $1,004,615,294. This means animated films made up 31.5% of the top ten, in terms of ticket sales.

    Now the study in this story is much more comprehensive and animation profits are top heavy so I wouldn’t be surprised if the total percentage ends up closer to 15% but it’s clear that Americans watch a lot of animation.

  • Gerard McGrory

    I can see why 2013 was a really unlucky year for “theatrical animation”, and here are my two reasons why:
    * The animated/kids movies seemingly dominated the box office in 2013, exacerbating the delusion of “animation” being a genre for family audiences.
    * The critically-positive (good) films were considered as “just okay” and/or “(kind of) inferior to the studio’s previous works” (three exceptions?, Despicable Me 2 and Frozen), while the critically-panned (bad) films (there were 4-5 of these) turned out “REALLY bad”.