Top 10 films in UK and Ireland in 2016
1. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, £56.4m (still on release)
2. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, £52.1m (still on release)
3. Bridget Jones’s Baby, £48.1m
4. The Jungle Book, £46.2m
5. Finding Dory, £42.9m
6. Deadpool, £37.8m
7. Captain America: Civil War, £36.9m
8. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, £36.6m
9. The Secret Life of Pets, £36.3m (still on release)
10. Star Wars: The Force Awakens, £35.9m (released in 2015; overall total so far: £123.2m)
The cinema box office in the UK and Ireland achieved its best-ever results, amassing £1.32bn to beat the previous record set in 2015.
According to figures released by the box-office tracker comScore, the total for 2016 was 1.45% higher than the previous year, which finished at £1.31bn. With several strong performers in 2015, including Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Spectre, 2016 was not expected to match its results, but attendances appear to have held up.
While no film released in 2016 could match the figures recorded by Spectre and Force Awakens (as well as Jurassic World) there was a more even spread of results, with 12 films grossing more than £30m in 2016, compared to eight in 2015.
However, there is one proviso: a quirk of the calendar means that 2016 is recorded as a 53-week year (with the final week running 30 December to 5 January); compared with the equivalent period for 2015, last year’s total is currently 0.95% lower (though comScore expects the gap to narrow, as not all cinemas have reported final figures).