Classic Star Wars movie tops the UK and Ireland box office 40 years after original release.
Disney’s 40th anniversary re-release of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back has topped the UK and Ireland box office over the past weekend, as cinemas continue to gradually re-open their doors.
The film played in 94 locations, grossing £50,511 from those which returned figures, reported Screen Daily.
The Empire Strikes Back originally released in the UK in 1980, grossing £9 million. It was re-released in 1997, taking £7.2 million, with a Secret Cinema partnership in 2015 culminated in £6.3 million.
The four separate releases have notched up a cumulative total of £22.6 million.
While most cinemas are still to re-open, select locations in England and Northern Ireland have opened their doors. Scotland will re-open from Wednesday (July 15) with Wales following from July 27.
Cinemas in the Republic of Ireland have been allowed to re-open since June 29.