The recovery of the UK cinema sector post-pandemic reached another milestone over the weekend, as UK box office for 2022 surpassed that of 2021, with five months of the year still to go.

Box office for the year now stands as £562.6 million, overtaking last year’s total figure of £557.8 million.

That success has been built on the performance of a diverse range of film titles, ranging from action and adventure (including Top Gun: Maverick, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, The Batman, Jurassic World: Dominion, Uncharted, Thor: Love and Thunder, Everything Everywhere All at Once, The Northman) to comedy (The Lost City, Jackass Forever, The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent) to drama and suspense (The Worst Person in the World, The Black Phone) to family releases (Sing 2, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Minions: The Rise of Gru, Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore) to films for older audiences (Belfast, Downton Abbey: A New Era, Elvis, The Duke).

Of the key worldwide theatrical markets, the UK has seen one of the strongest box office recoveries, with revenues running at around 80 per cent of 2019 figures for January to June inclusive.