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2015 the biggest year of all-time at UK box office


Story by Jack Foley

2015 turned out to be the biggest year of all-time at the UK box office.

Buoyed by a slew of blockbusters, including Spectre (pictured), Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Fast & Furious 7, British and Irish box-office revenue for the year reached $1.91 billion (£1.31 billion), up 15% from 2014’s $1.65 billion.

The figure also beat the previous annual record of $1.72 billion, set in 2012.

Among the films to hit notable milestones in 2015, six titles – Star Wars, Spectre, Jurassic World, Fast & Furious 7, The Avengers: Age of Ultron and Minions – topped the $60.2 million mark hit by 2014’s top film, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

And while Star Wars: The Force Awakens has since become the biggest film to be released in 2015 and will soon overtake Skyfall as the most successful film of all time in the UK, the cumulative results up to December 31 saw the 24th 007 adventure, Spectre, come out on top.

As of Tuesday, Star Wars: The Force Awakens stood at $148.7 million.

However, while celebrating the successful year, box office tracker Rentrak warned that 2016 might struggle to emulate 2015’s success, especially given the lack of titles such as Spectre or Star Wars – although there will be high hopes for JK Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them and Star Wars spin-off, Rogue One.

The top 10 films of 2015, through December 31, in the UK and Ireland

1. Spectre $137.1 million (still in theaters)
2. Star Wars: The Force Awakens $127 million (still in theaters)
3. Jurassic World $94.1 million
4. The Avengers: Age Of Ultron $70.5 million
5. Minions $69.7 million
6. Inside Out $57.2 million
7. Fast & Furious 7 $56.3 million
8. Fifty Shades of Grey $51.2 million
9. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 $41 million
10. Home $37.1 million

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