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The charts show the origin of the films for each year in the top 50 places in terms of box office success and the next 50 (ie, ranking positions 51-100). Clearly US releases dominated with an average of 61 films in the top 100 over the six years analysed.
Overall, British films took up to a quarter of the ranking positions. However, it is apparent that they were more successful in the top 50 places than in the next 50, suggesting a wide spread of popularity. This was, after all, the period of the 'quota quickies'.
US majors: Columbia, MGM, Paramount, RKO, Twentieth Century-Fox, Universal, Warner
UK majors: Associated British Picture Corporation (ABPC), British & Dominions, Gaumont-British/Gainsborough, London Films (including Denham, Saville and Pendennis)
Source: adapted from John Sedgwick: 'Cinemagoing Preferences in Britain in the 1930s' in Jeffrey Richards (ed): The Unknown 1930s. An alternative history of the British cinema 1929-1939, London: I B Tauris & Co, 1998, using data from Kine Weekly 1932-1938
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