Latest figures from Comscore confirm that 2016 was a record-breaking year at the UK box office.
Total cinema revenues from ticket sales for the year were £1,246,558,036, around 0.8 per cent up on 2015, itself an all-time high for UK box office.
While no title was able to match the success of the previous year’s Star Wars: the Force Awakens or Spectre (two of the three best-performing films of all time), an unprecedented ten films earned over £35 million, with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story pipping Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them as the top film for 2016 on the final day of the year.
The final top ten for 2016 was as follows:
- Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Walt Disney): £56.4m (still on release)
- Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them (Warner Bros): £52.1m (still on release)
- Bridget Jones’s Baby (Universal): £48.1m
- The Jungle Book (Walt Disney): £46.2m
- Finding Dory (Walt Disney): £42.9m
- Deadpool (20th Century Fox): £37.8m
- Captain America: Civil War (Walt Disney): £36.9m
- Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice (Warner Bros): £36.6m
- The Secret Life Of Pets (Universal): £36.3m (still on release)
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Walt Disney): £35.9m (released in 2015: lifetime £123.2m)
(To note the above box office figures are for the UK and Ireland)
Commenting on these latest figures, UK Cinema Association CEO said:
‘Few at the beginning of the year would have predicted that we would see 2016 beat 2015 in terms of UK box office. These final numbers bear testimony to the UK public’s continuing love for the big screen experience, boosted by an incredible slate and massive ongoing investment by the UK cinema sector.
As we look forward to another exceptional range of films in 2017, we are if anything more optimistic than ever about the future of the UK sector.’