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Disney sets new record at UK and Ireland box office

2018 is company’s biggest year ever, reaching £313m and setting new industry benchmark.

2018 was Disney’s biggest ever year at the UK and Irish box office.

The company’s £313 million haul set a new industry benchmark for a single studio, with three films alone – Avengers Infinity War, Incredibles 2 and Black Panther – amassing over £50 million each at the box office in a single calendar year.

The accolade has never before been achieved by any studio.

Three of the top four titles released in the year were from Disney, with 23% of the overall market share being Disney owned. The studio released just 12 films in the year and once again retained the biggest film of the year title, with Avengers Infinity War taking the GBO 2018 title.

Disney has now been crowned number one distributor for three consecutive years in the UK and Ireland and, with its slate in 2019 looking strong, hopes to build on this achievement even further.

“2018 was an astonishing year for Disney and we are delighted to have set a new record for our studio and the industry in surpassing the UK and Irish box office record set by ourselves in 2016 – a year that included such hits as Rogue One A Star Wars Story, The Jungle Book and Finding Dory,” said Lee Jury, md of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, UK & Ireland. “We are humbled by the results in 2018 and applaud the fans of our movies across the UK & Ireland whose support is simply extraordinary.”

Lee continued: “Huge congratulations to our studios team here in the UK and Ireland and, of course, to the remarkable creativity from the cast and film-makers for the simply incredible slate of films they have brought to our cinema screens this past year.”

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