87 - In The Loop = $4m
Many were worried that by transferring Armando Ianucci's superb, biting political satire series The Thick Of It to the big screen, something would be lost in translation. Yet, mind-bogglingly, if anything, it improved.
The majority of the TV gang are here (although some in other roles), as Tom Hollander plays a British government minister whose casual comments are used by The White House to start a cycle of spin that aims to justify a worldwide war.
While the American/English back and forth is surefire comedy gold (courtesy of a stunning turn by James Gandolfini), it's left to Peter Capaldi's vitriolic spin doctor Malcolm Tucker to unleash verbal, bile-filled hell upon the numerous incompetents on both sides of the administration, and ultimately steal the show. Unrivalled comedy perfection.