Record year for UK box office
Disney contributes biggest share of revenue in record year for UK and Ireland box office
Filmgoers gave UK and Ireland cinemas their biggest-ever grossing year in 2017, raking in £1.378bn over 52 weeks, according to movie industry analyst ComScore.
Revenues increased by 3.6 per cent on 2016, when the UK box office pulled in £1.33bn, and this growth jumps even higher to 6.1 per cent when comparing like-for-likes. It is the third consecutive record-breaking year for UK cinemas.
Disney was a major contributor to the success, with its line-up alone contributing 19.2 per cent of overall ticket sales. The studio's Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Beauty and the Beast were the top two grossing films of the year with £73.1m and £72.4m in sales respectively. Warner Bros.'s Dunkirk took the third spot writhe £56.6m.
Rounding out the top five are Universal's Despicable Me 3 on £47.8m, and Disney's Guardian's of the Galaxy Vol.2 with £41m in earnings, meaning four of the five top-grossing movies of the year are family or kids' releases.
Lucy Jones, Executive Director at ComScore said despite the rise of streaming platforms, visiting the cinema to view movies on the big screen was still a major draw to audiences.
"The latest box office figures confirm that audiences still feel that films are best enjoyed at the cinema with the biggest possible screen, the best sound, comfortable seats and the communal experience," she said. "Despite embracing online services, there’s still a significant appetite for social interaction in the real world.”