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Sequels kept us glued to cinema seats

THIS year, Irish movie buffs couldn't get enough of minions, musicals, petrified astronauts and high-flying superheroes.

Family flick Despicable Me 2 beat Hollywood's biggest blockbusters to the top spot in the Irish box office charts of 2013.

Universal's animation about a reformed evil genius and his gang of mischievous minions grossed €3.751m.

Iron Man III was close behind, taking €2.83m. It seems Irish audiences can't get enough of Robert Downey Jr's wall smashing hero Tony Stark.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire came in at number three with an impressive €2.545m. Set in a totalitarian future, where rebellious districts are forced to offer up children for an annual sacrifice, audiences were reunited with kick-ass heroine Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence).

CHAMPIONS

KATNISS FINDS HERSELF BACK IN THE ARENA WHEN THE AUTHORITIES ANNOUNCE A QUARTER QUELL – A SUPER-CHARGED TOURNAMENT WHERE FORMER CHAMPIONS ARE FORCED TO EXTERMINATE EACH ANOTHER.

With his impressive abs and classic good looks, Henry Cavill and the Superman franchise muscled into the fourth spot with €2.502m.

Fifth place went to weepy musical Les Miserables aka 'Lay Miz'. Based on Victor Hugo's novel, the star-studded epic film took €2.32m.

Directed by Oscar-winner Tom Hooper, this movie had it all – rebel-rousing songs, great costumes and plenty of on-screen tension between Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe.

Caveman comedy The Croods is the sixth best-grossing movie of the year, earning €2.24m.

The Dreamworks animation centres on a moody teenage cave girl called Eep who can't stand her overprotective father Grug, voiced by Nicolas Cage.

Everyone's favourite drinking buddies Phil, Alan, Stu and Mr Chow are in the seventh spot with The Hangover III, raking in €2.21m last year.

IMPRESSIVE

Alfonso Cuarón's lost in space odyssey Gravity comes in eighth with €2,169m. Irish audiences thought Sandra Bullock's breathy performance and the impressive 3D graphics were out of this world.

Monsters University saw everyone's favourite monsters Mike and Sully take a trip down memory lane and revisit their college days.

At number ten it's those hairy hobbits – The Desolation of Smaug pulled in €2.046m. The second instalment sees Bilbo and his team of dwarves and elves take on Smaug, a terrible dragon, voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch, who has usurped the Lonely Mountain.

There's lots of fighting, banter from Bilbo and hobbits running about the New Zealand countryside – just what we'd expect from Peter Jackson.

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