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Potter is 2005's biggest UK movie
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
The fourth Potter film has yet to make as much as the third
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was the most successful film of 2005 in the UK, according to figures compiled by trade publication Screen International.

The fourth Potter movie has made 43m - 4m more than the year's second biggest movie, Star Wars: Episode III.

Tim Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and the Wallace and Gromit film Curse of the Were-Rabbit came next with 37.3m and 31.8m respectively.

King Kong was in 19th place, but will feature higher by the end of the year.

The same applies to The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, which as of 21 December was the eighth most successful film of 2005.

UK'S TOP 10 FILMS OF 2005*
1. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (43m)
2. Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (39.3m)
3. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (37.3m)
4. Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (31.8m)
5. War of the Worlds (30.5m)
6. Meet the Fockers (28.6m)
7. Madagascar (22.6m)
8. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (20.5m)
9. Hitch (17.3m)
10. Nanny McPhee (16.3m)
Source: Screen International. *Figures correct to 21 December

"I would expect to see Narnia in the top five and Kong in the Top 10 by year's end," said Robert Mitchell, Screen International's chief box-office analyst.

Fantasy blockbusters feature prominently in the rundown, with Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds at five, superhero prequel Batman Begins at 11 and comic-book adaptation Fantastic Four at 15.

Animation has also proved popular with UK audiences, with animal caper Madagascar at seven, Robots at 17 and Valiant at 20.

The only wholly British film in the Top 10 is Nanny McPhee in tenth place. Starring Emma Thompson as a magical governess, the family comedy took 16.3m.

Pride and Prejudice and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - both Anglo-American co-productions - are at 12 and 18 respectively.

King Kong
Cheer up Kong - you'll be in the Top 10 by New Year's Eve
King Kong distributor UIP has had a spectacular year, with combined takings from its seven Top 20 title sure to exceed 155m by the end of 2005.

Sony Pictures, in contrast, only has one title in the rundown: Will Smith's comedy Hitch, which charts at nine with takings of 17.3m.

Other comedies that have tickled the British public's funny bone over the last 12 months include Meet the Fockers and Wedding Crashers.

Last year's box-office champion was Shrek 2, which made 48m in 2004. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban came second with 46m.


SEE ALSO:
King Kong UK debut beats Narnia
20 Dec 05 |  Entertainment
Narnia tops US and UK box offices
12 Dec 05 |  Entertainment
Potter film tops $400m worldwide
28 Nov 05 |  Entertainment
King Kong delivers killer punch
09 Dec 05 |  Entertainment


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