The Top 10 Of Everything 2014

Thursday, January 22 2015
The Top 10 Of Everything 2014

It’s taken some time to get there, but, with 2014 now well and truly over, the dust settled and the counting finished, the year-end top 10s and assorted charts are done.

Most critics, writers, bloggers and others worth their salt had already compiled theirs by early December, while the powers that be in the industry were totting up figures, sales and receipts into January.

We’ve been tracking assorted year-end charts since they first started appearing well before 2014 had breathed its last and we’ve pulled them together to try and give a wider overview of the 12 months just gone rather than simply saying “Boyhood” or, for that matter, Frozen.

As well as sales and cold, hard facts, there are plenty of opinions and viewpoints too, including some thoughts put together specifically for us by one of our favourite film and home entertainment writers, Phelim O’Neill.

So here then, is the Top 10 Of Everything 2014…

2014 Video Sales Chart Top 10 (DVD and Blu-ray Disc combined)

1 Frozen

2 The Hobbit – The Desolation Of Smaug

3 The Lego Movie

4 The Hunger Games – Catching Fire

5 Mrs. Brown’s Boys – D’Movie

6 Guardians Of The Galaxy

7 Gravity

8 The Wolf Of Wall Street

9 The Inbetweeners Movie 2

10 Thor – The Dark World

Chart compiled by BVA based on Official Charts Company data

 

Entertainment’s Greatest Hits 2014

1 Frozen (Disney) 4,012,676 units sold

2 FIFA15 (Electronic Arts) 2,663,296 units sold

3 Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Activision Blizzard) 1,837,025 units sold

4 X- Ed Sheeran (Warner Music) 1,753,226 units sold

5 The Hobbit – The Desolation Of Smaug (Warner) 1,550,635 units sold

6 Grand Theft Auto V (Take 2) 1,341,472 units sold

7 In The Lonely Hour – Sam Smith (Universal Music) 1,296,295 units sold

8 The Lego Movie (Warner) 1,092,486 units sold

9 The Hunger Games Catching Fire (Lionsgate) 1,078,911 units sold

10 Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie (Universal) 1,056,960 units sold

11 Now That’s What I Call Music 89 (Sony Music/Universal Music) 999,201 units sold

12 Guardians Of The Galaxy (Disney) 992,818 units sold

13 Frozen Original Soundtrack (Universal Music) 974,067 units sold

14 Destiny (Activision Blizzard) 937,235 units sold

15 Gravity (Warner) 915,535 units sold

16 The Wolf Of Wall Street (Universal) 888,621 units sold

17 The Inbetweeners Movie 2 (4DVD) 849,859 units sold

18 Watch Dogs (Ubisoft) 808,799 units sold

19 Now That’s What I Call Music 88 (Sony Music/Universal Music) 728,683 units sold

20 Wanted On Voyage – George Ezra (Sony Music) 704,069 units sold

Chart compiled by ERA using date from Official Charts Company and GfK Chart-track

 

Facebook’s Most Talked About Films 2014

1 Frozen

2 Guardians Of The Galaxy

3 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

4 Maleficent

5 The Lego Movie

6 The Fault In Our Stars

7 Transformers: Age Of Extinction

8 Gone Girl

9 The Hunger Games Mockinjay Part 1

10 The Purge: Anarchy

Chart compiled by Facebook, refers to US mentions…

 

Google’s Most Searched Films 2014

1 Transformers Age Of Extinction

2 American Hustle

3 The Lego Movie

4 22 Jump Street

5 Dallas Buyers’ Club

6 The Inbetweeners Movie 2

7 Gone Girl

8 Captain Phillips

9 The Hunger Games

10 Despicable Me

Chart compiled by Google, taken from The Independent, refers to UK searches

 

Google’s Most Searched Trailers 2014

1 Gone Girl

2 Divergent

3 Maleficent

4 The Hunger Games Mockinjay Part 1

5 Lucy

Chart compiled by Google

 

Google’s Most Searched TV Shows 2014

1 Peppa Pig

2 EastEnderes

3 Game Of Thrones

4 Big Brother

5 Coronation Street

6 Hollyoaks

7 X Factor

8 Strictly Come Dancing

9 Emmerdale

10 Big Bang Theory

Chart compiled by Google, refers to UK searches

 

Top 10 Rented Films On BFI Player

1 Nymphomaniac

2 Blue Is The Warmest Colour

3 The Stuart Hall Project

4 The Lunchbox

5 Under The Skin

6 The Battles Of Coronel And Falkland Islands

7 Ida

8 The Great Beauty

9 Stranger By The Lake

10 Two Days, One Night

 

Top 10 UK Box Office 2014

1 The Lego Movie

2 The Inbetweeners 2

3 Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

4 Guardians Of The Galaxy

5 X-Men: Days Of Future Past

6 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

7 How To Train Your Dragon 2

8 The Amazing Spider-man 2

9 The Wolf Of Wall Street

10 Gone Girl

Chart taken from boxofficemojo.com

 

Top 10 Worldwide Box Office 2014

1 Transformers Age Of Extinction

2 The Hobbit The Battle Of The Five Armies

3 Guardians Of The Galaxy

4 Malificent

5 X-Men: Days Of Future Past

6 Captain America: The Winter Soldier

7 The Amazing Spider-Man 2

8 Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

9 The Hunger Games: Mockinjay Part 1

10 Interstellar

Chart taken from boxofficemojo.com

 

FOPP Top 10 Films Of 2014

1 The Grand Budapest Hotel

2 Calvary

3 Under The Skin

4 Inside Llewyn Davis

5 The Wolf Of Wall Street

6 Frank

7 Guardians Of The Galaxy

8 The Lego Movie

9 The Raid 2

10 Ida

 

hmv’s Biggest Hits Of 2014: Feature Films

1 Frozen

2 Guardians Of The Galaxy

3 Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

4 Inbetweeners 2

5 Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie

6 The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug

7 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

8 X-Men Days Of Future Past

9 Gravity

10 The Wolf Of Wall Street

 

hmv’s Biggest Hits Of 2014: TV Shows

1 Game Of Thrones

2 Top Gear

3 Sherlock

4 Downton Abbey

5 The Big Bang Theory

6 Family Guy

7 The Walking Dead

8 Sons Of Anarchy

9 True Detective

10 House Of Cards

 

hmv’s Biggest Hits Of 2014: Live Comedy

1 Lee Evans Monsters

2 Miranda My What I Call Live Show

3 Mrs Brown’s Boys Live

4 Sarah Millican Home Bird

5 Lee Mack Hit The Road Live

6 Still Game Live

7 Russell Howard Wonderbox

8 Jack WHitehall Gets Around

9 Jon Richardson Nidiot

10 Monty Python Live (Mostly)

 

Top Selling DVDs in the US 2014

1 Frozen 10,113,898 units sold $166,862,218 total consumer spending

2 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire 3,315,405 $54,032,114

3 The Lego Movie 2,861,125 $41,938,023

4 Despicable Me 2 2,365,514 $33,506,643

5 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 2,038,691 $31,875,438

6 Divergent 1,625,299 $25,854,159

7 Thor: The Dark World 1,556,200 $26,612,567

8 Gravity 1,555,421 $24,414,776

9 Rio 2 1,551,300 $24,794,619

10 How to Train Your Dragon 2 1,544,904 $23,354,330

Chart taken from the-numbers.com

 

Top Selling Blu-rays in the US 2014

1 Frozen 7,122,903 units sold $150,172,205 total consumer spending

2 Guardians of the Galaxy 3,035,651 $64,646,418

3 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire 2,868,274 $56,774,306

4 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 2,309,559 $60,084,830

5 Transformers: Age of Extinction 2,017,686 $34,812,767

6 Thor: The Dark World 1,989,265 $39,549,901

7 How to Train Your Dragon 2 1,866,734 $35,121,544

8 Maleficent 1,845,006 $38,764,176

9 The Lego Movie 1,763,979 $61,380,937

10 Captain America: The Winter Soldier 1,658,567 $32,502,479

Chart taken from the-numbers.com

 

Phelim O’Neill’s Top 10 Blu-rays 2014 (in no particular order)

Twin Peaks (Paramount)

Picture, sound, packaging, content, a knockout in every department and well worth the wait. I kind of envy people who will see this show (and movie) for the first time like this, even season two is (mostly) tolerable this way.

Thief Of Bagdad (Eureka)

There has never been a better time for silent era movies fans, the crisp, clear, steady visuals we get today are real dreams come true stuff. This magical 1924 epic is my most watched but this space could just as easily gone to any of Eureka’s Masters Of Cinema stunning silents such as Faust, Dr. Caligari, Intolerance or Wings.

Supermarionation (Network)

The deluxe boxset of feature documentary This Is Supermationation came with discs of selected episodes of Thunderbirds, Joe 90, Captain Scarlet, Stingray, etc. The HD brings out plenty of charming textural detail, with paintbrush marks and fingerprints on the models, it actually makes it even more impressive.

The Best Of Karel Zeman (Muzeum Karla Zemana)

This Czech Republic region-free release may have come out in 2013 but it took a while to track down and is easily my most watched BD of 2014, so there. You get three of Zeman’s ingenious and stylish fantasy films, dealing with dinosaurs, Jules Verne and Baron Munchausen, all wonderful. He’s a national treasure in his home country (there’s even a museum for him there) he should be regarded as highly as Melies, Pal, Harryhausen and Gilliam.

The ‘Burbs (Arrow)

You can’t go wrong with Arrow, be it their boxsets of Borowczyk and Vincent Price or restoring Bava’s Rabid Dogs. My favourites are when they go the extra mile for much loved films that were poorly reviewed or badly marketed at time of release like this Hanks/Dante classic paranoid satire. Releases like this (and Night Of The Comet, Bound, Lifeforce, etc) warm the heart and show a love and understanding of movies that most majors lack.

The Steven Spielberg Director’s Collection (Universal)

What seemed like yet another repackaging of the hits (E.T., Jaws, etc) sneakily contained great, previously unreleased BDs of Duel, The Sugarland Express, 1941 and Always.

The Slave (Mondo Macabro)

Another labour of love release, the first BD from this cult curio company is of a very high standard and bodes well for future releases.

The Werner Herzog Collection (BFI)

Because it’s a Werner Herzog boxset, that’s the reason to get this. If you don’t want BDs of Aguirre, Fitzcarraldo, Stroszek, etc in your life then I pity you. All available space is filled with documentaries and shorts, so much to explore and revisit.

Hannibal Season 2 (Studiocanal)

Blu-ray is still the best way to watch tv shows and this stylised and underrated show pushes visuals and audio to extremes, it’ll give any home cinema a thorough workout.

The Wind Rises (StudioCanal)

If you were already sad about Miyazaki retiring then seeing how incredibly well presented his final film is on Blu-ray should have you weeping. Picture and sound is flawless.

Put together in no particular order by freelance film and Blu-ray writer Phelim O’Neill, one of the best writers covering home entertainment in the business…

 

The Film Bloggers’ Top 10 Movies Of 2014

1 Boyhood

2 The Grand Budapest Hotel

3 Nightcrawler

4 Guardians Of The Galaxy

5 Under The Skin

6 Gone Girl

7 Interstellar

8 Her

9 The Lego Movie

10 12 Years A Slave

Compiled by votes from 8 assorted film writers and bloggers and taken from heyugys.com

 

Sight And Sound’s Best DVDs And Blu-rays Of 2014

As ever, the film mag rounded up assorted producers and DVD cognoscenti to choose their highlights, here are a few…

Shockwaves (Blue Underground)

Unearthly Stranger (Network)

The Professionals Mk1 (Network)

Love Streams (Criterion)

Camera Obscura: The Walerian Browczyk Collection (Arrow Academy)

James Blackford, Blu-ray DVD producer, BFI, UK

 

Camera Obscura: The Walerian Browczyk Collection (Arrow Academy)

The Shout (Network)

Girly (Scorpion Releasing)

The Swimmer (Grindhouse)

Bunny Lake Is Missing (Twilight Time)

Sam Dunn, Head of DVD/Video Publishing, BFI

 

Blanche (Arrow Academy)

The Day The Earth Caught Fire (BFI)

Pintilie. Cineast: The Films Of Lucian Pintilie – Romania 1965-2003 (Transilvania Films)

Providence (Jupiter Films)

The Tarnished Angels (Eureka Masters of Cinema)

Mehelli Modi, Second Run UK

 

Camera Obscura: The Walerian Browczyk Collection (Arrow Academy)

Birds, Orphans And Fools (Second Run)

Out Of The Unknown (BFI)

The Chris Marker Collection (Soda)

Hands Over The City (Eureka Masters Of Cinema)

Francesco Simeoni, Arrow

All taken from Sight and Sound online, for these, supporting comments and more selections, head here

 

My Top 10 DVDs Of The Year

1 Blue Is The Warmest Colour

2 Locke

3 Cold In July

4 All Is Lost

5 The Fault In Our Stars

6 Bates Motel

7 Captain Phillips

8 Banacek

9 Thunderbolt And Lightfoot

10 The Roosevelts

Chart from Mail On Sunday Event magazine DVD reviewer Christopher Bray

 

Top Five Films

Calvary

12 Years A Slave

The Lego Movie

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Guardians Of The Galaxy

Chart compiled by The Sun DVD reviewer Andrew Ewart

 

Top Five Box Sets

Hannibal Season 2

Breaking Bad The Final Season

True Detective Season 1

Game Of Thrones Season 3

Fargo Season 1

Chart compiled by The Sun DVD reviewer Andrew Ewart

 

Empire’s 10 Best Films Of 2014

1 Boyhood

2 Nightcrawler

3 The Wolf Of Wall Street

4 Inside Llewyn Davis

5 Guardians Of The Galaxy

6 Edge Of Tomorrow

7 The Grand Budapest Hotel

8 What We Do In The Shadows

9 Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

10 Her

 

Total Film 10 Best Movies 2014

1 Boyhood

2 Guardians Of The Galaxy

3 The Wolf Of Wall Street

4 The Grand Budapest Hotel

5 The Babadook

6 The Lego Movie

7 12 Years A Slave

8 Interstellar

9 Under The Skin

10 Captain America: The Winter Soldier

 

Most Pirated TV Shows 2014

1 Game Of Thrones

2 The Walking Dead

3 The Big Bang Theory

4 How I Met Your Mother

5 Gotham

6 Arrow

7 Grey’s Anatomy

8 Vikings

9 Suits

10 South Park

Chart compiled by TorrentFreak.com, taken from BitTorrent figures

 

Most Pirated Films 2014

1 The Wolf Of Wall Street

2 Frozen

3 Robocop

4 Gravity

5 The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug

6 Thor: The Dark World

7 Captain America: The Winter Soldier

8 The Legend Of Hercules

9 X-Men Days Of Future Past

10 12 Years A Slave

Chart compiled by Excipio

 

iTunes Top 10 Of 2014

1 Birdman

2 Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

3 Finding Vivian Maier

4 The Grand Budapest Hotel

5 Edge Of Tomorrow

6 Snowpiercer

7 Tim’s Vermeer

8 22 Jump Street

9 We Are The Best!

10 Whiplash

Chart compiled from iTunes’ staff preferences, taken from www.indiewire.com

 

Radio Times’ Top 10 TV Shows of 2014

1 Happy Valley

2 Line Of Duty

3 Sherlock

4 The Trip To Italy

5 True Detective

6 The Honourable Woman

7 Toast Of London

8 Detectorists

9 Doctor Who

10 Homeland

Chart taken from Radio Times

 

Music DVDs Of The Year

1 Rowland S Howard – Autoluminescent

2 He Wasn’t Just The Fifth Member Of Joy Division: A Film About Martin Hannett

3 The National – Mistaken For Strangers

4 The Punk Singer

5 Eric Clapton – Planes, Trains And Eric

Chart taken from Uncut

 

TV & Film DVDs Of The Year

1 The Changes

2 Twin Peaks The Entire Mystery

3 Parks And recreation Season 4

4 The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid

5 True Detective Season 1

Chart taken from Uncut

 

Record Collector’s Top 11 DVDs Of The Year

Dexys – Nowhere Is Home

The Doors – Feast Of Friends

Peter Gabriel – Back To Front Live In London

I Am The Gorgon: Bunny Striker Lee

Mistaken For Strangers

Public Enemy Welcome To The Terrordome

Looking For Johnny The Legend Of Johnny Thunders

The Big Melt

Muscle Shoals

Nashville

Punk In Africa

Chart taken from Record Collector magazine

 

Kermode and Mayo’s Film Review Top 10 2014

1 Pride

2 Interstellar

3 Belle

4 The Babadook

5 Boyhood

6 The Imitation Game

7 Frank

8 Godzilla

9 The Golden Dream

10 Paddington

Taken from Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo’s ever-growing empire

 

Film Critics’ Top 10

1 Boyhood

2 The Grand Budapest Hotel

3 Birdman

4 Under The Skin

5 Whiplash

6 Selma

7 Ida

8 Nightcrawler

8 Gone Girl

10 Inherent Vice

Chart taken from metacritic.com

 

TV Critics’ Top 10

1 Fargo

2 The Americans

3 True Detective

4 Transparent

5 The Good Wife

6 Mad Men

7 Game Of Thrones

8 Orange Is The New Black

9 Hannibal

10  Last Week Tonight With John Oliver

Chart taken from metacritic.com

 

IMDB’s Top 10 Highest Rated Movies Of 2014

1 Interstellar

2 Birdman

3 Whiplash

4 Boyhood

5 Gone Girl

6 The Imitation Game

7 Big Hero 6

8 Guardians Of The Galaxy

9 The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug

10 X-Men Days Of Future Past

Chart taken from IMDB

 

DVDBeaver DVDs Of The Year 2014

1 The Lusty Men (Warner Archive US)

2 = Birds, Orphans And Fools (Second Run)

2 = Eclipse Series 41: Kinoshita And World War II (Eclipse)

2 = A Jester’s Tale (Second Run)

5 Eclipse Series 40: Late Ray (Eclipse)

6 Showboat (Warner Archive US)

7 = Celluloid Man (Second Run)

7 = Coffret Jean Epstein (Agnes B/ Le Cinematheque Francais)

7 = Man Of Marble (Second Run)

7 = Out Of The Unknown (BFI)

Chart taken from DVDBeaver.com

 

DVD Beaver Blu-rays Of The Year 2014

1 The Werner Herzog Collection (BFI)

2 The Complete Jacques Tati (Criterion US)

3 Camera Obscura: The Walerian Borowczyk Collection (Arrow)

4 The Essential Jacques Demy (Criterion US)

5 The Cabinet Des Dr Caligari (Eureka Masters Of Cinema)

6 Out Of The Past (Warner Archive US)

7 Persona (Criterion US)

8 Twin Peaks The Entire Mystery (Paramount)

9 La Dolce Vita (Criterion US)

10 The Swimmer (Grindhouse Releasing US)

Chart taken from DVDBeaver.com

 

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