Confirming what movie fans around the world already knew, it seems that it was a record-breaking year for the House of Mouse, as Disney topped the U.K. box office for 2017.
Although the acclaimed studio only released six films in 2017, it still came home with an impressive £265.1 million in the U.K., which equated to 19.2% of the entire U.K. box office. The other big Hollywood studios weren’t too far behind, but Disney still ruled the roost with its stellar crop of movies.
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According to Variety, Disney beat its competition to become the highest-grossing studio in 2017. Given that Star Wars: The Last Jedi was 2017’s biggest movie, it’s of little surprise that Disney topped the rankings. Away from the world of Jedi and Sith, Beauty and the Beast came in second at the U.K. box office for 2017, while Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 landed in fifth. Third and fourth place went to Warner Bros.’ Dunkirk and Illumination Entertainment’s Despicable Me 3, respectively. As for the studios, Warner Bros. was a close second to Dinsey after heading home with £223. 2 million in the U.K., followed by Universal taking the bronze with £214 million.
Things had looked promising for Warner Bros. to score big with Justice League, but a disappointing box office performance and an escalating budget forced the studio into a still respectable second place. However, whichever way you look at it, the state of cinema in the U.K. was pretty lucrative in 2017, up 3.6% from 2016’s £1.3 billion. The big five studios made up 75% of the entire box office, while smaller studios would’ve made up the rest. It is good news, especially considering that the number of films released last year is reported to be 874, just slightly below 2016’s 900 theatrical releases.
Despite Star Wars reigning supreme, a huge chunk of the takings were dominated by the MCU. As well as Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2, the Marvel movies also had huge success with Spider-Man: Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok. However, 2018 is expected to be even bigger thanks to the impending release of Ant-Man & the Wasp, Black Panther, and the juggernaut that will be Avengers: Infinity War.
It is interesting to note that Fox came in fourth at the U.K. box office, securing £207.5 million thanks to movies like Logan and Kingsman: The Golden Circle. With Disney having now bought Fox and brought Fantastic Four and the X-Men under its umbrella, expect the future of the cinema to continue being dominated by Mickey Mouse’s studio. However, Disney shouldn’t rest on its laurels just yet. ComScore also predicts that 2018 could be a five-way battle for the top in the U.K., between Infinity War, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Solo: A Star Wars Story, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, and Coco.
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