Magazine article Screen International

What Are the Most Successful 18-Rated Films in the UK?

Magazine article Screen International

What Are the Most Successful 18-Rated Films in the UK?

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T2 Trainspotting and Fifty Shades Darker, both released this year, have become two of the highest-grossing 18-rated films of all time in the UK.

Fifty Shades Darker, after making the second-highest debut ever for an 18-rated film, has now reached $27.7m (£22.69m) in the UK. It's now the second highest-grossing 18-rated film of all time, moving ahead of Basic Instinct, Fatal Attraction and The Wolf Of Wall Street.

Meanwhile T2 Trainspotting has made $20,901,570 (£16.9m) after four weeks and is now tenth on ComScore's all time 18-rated list, pulling ahead of Pulp Fiction, The Departed and the original Trainspotting.

The number one film on the chart, running since the 18-rating was introduced in 1982, is Fifty Shades Of Grey on £35m, far ahead of its sequel. See below:

The story is different however if you take the above chart and adjust the box office numbers for inflation (using data from the Bank of England).

Adjusted this way, Fifty Shades loses its 18-rated crown and T2 Trainspotting falls out of the top 20. See below:

Admission figures would be an even better guide to the relative popularity of 18-rated films, however, there isn't data covering the whole period (1982-2017) from one source. …

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