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Best ever UK & Ireland box office in 2016

Rogue One, Fantastic Beasts, Finding Dory help amass £1.32bn haul for the year.

The UK & Ireland cinema box office notched up its best ever results in 2016 – buoyed by a number of movies supported by significant licensing programmes.

According to figures from comScore – the box office tracker – the total for 2016 was £1.32 billion. This is 1.45% higher than in 2015, which finished at £1.31 billion.

12 films grossed more than £30 million in the year, compared to eight in 2015.

However, 2016 was recorded as a 53-week year (with the final week running December 30-January 5, 2017).

As reported by The Source last week, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was the top film of the year, followed by Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Finding Dory, Captain America: Civil War, Batman v Superman and The Secret Life of Pets were also in the top ten.

The top ten films in the UK and Ireland for 2016 is as follows:

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)

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