Lego Movie beats The Hobbit and Inbetweeners 2 to top the UK and Ireland box office for 2014

Animated film which was voiced by a range of stars including Will Ferrell and Morgan Freeman took more than £34m in cinemas

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Animated adventure The Lego Movie was the highest grossing film in the UK and Ireland in 2014, taking £34.3m in the box office.

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The film which was voiced by a range of stars including Will Ferrell and Morgan Freeman narrowly beat The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies which took £33.5m over the year according to research body Rentrak. However the final Hobbit film is still on release meaning that its takings will rise in 2015.

The third most lucrative film was The Inbetweeners 2 which took £33.3m and is the top ranking British movie in the list.

The second biggest British film of the year was Paddington which took £27.9m, followed by Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie which made £14.7m over the twelve months.

Overall takings exceeded £1.1bn, but this was down on the 2013 figure of  £1.17bn when Despicable Me 2 took the top spot with takings of £47.4m and Les Miserables came in second with £40.7m.

However 2015 promises to be a successful year for cinemas with much-awaited films including the next James Bond adventure Spectre and Star Wars: Episode VII tipped for success.

The top ranking films in the UK and Ireland box office for 2014

1 The Lego Movie – £34.3m

2 The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – £33.5m

3. The Inbetweeners 2 – £33.3m

4 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – £32.7m

5 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 – £30.1m

6 Guardians of the Galaxy – £28.5m

7 Paddington – £27,9m

8 X-Men: Days of Future past – £27.1m

9 How to Train Your Dragon 2 – £25m

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10 The Amazing Spiderman 2 – £24m