UK audiences were wowed by new family hit The Jungle Book from ever-reliable director Jon Favreau in 2016. Box office hits this year tallied with those in the US apart from a couple of exceptions such as Bridget Jones’s Baby & Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them proving more popular this side of the pond.
10. Suicide Squad (#9 in US)
Warner Bros. $43,800,000
Despite a critical bashing, audiences were more favourable towards Warner Bros’ attempt to rival Marvel’s Avengers franchise
9. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (#3 in US)
Audiences in the UK weren’t as quick to the cinema to see Rogue One: A Star Wars story, the film ending the year in ninth place compared to its third place in the US.
Nb. Given its recent release date, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is set to make plenty more at the box office.
8. The Secret Life Of Pets (#4 in US)
A big, family crowd pleaser, The Secret Life of Pets performed well across the world.
7. Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice (#8 in US)
Warner Bros. $53,128,158
Another dark superhero film from Warner Bros. Batman v Superman saw the studio working hard to differentiate its action-adventure product from its Disney/Marvel rival. Despite the critics turning their backs, audiences were eager to see this one.
6. Deadpool (#6 in US)
A more adult superhero film from Marvel which showcased the versatility of their comic book world on the big screen, Deadpool’s box office performance is even more satisfying for the studio given its certificate in the UK preventing anyone younger than 15 seeing the film in cinemas.
5. Captain America: Civil War (#2 in US)
An unsurprising hit worldwide, Captain America: Civil War was the second favourite film of US audiences and the fifth best performer at the UK box office.
4. Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them (outside top 10 in US)
Warner Bros. $56,148,605
It didn’t make the top 10 in the US, but Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was a big hit in the UK. This prequel to Harry Potter features a magical trip to New York in the 1920s.
Nb. Given its recent release date, Fantastic Beasts is set to make plenty more at the box office.
3. Finding Dory (#1 in US)
Weaker than its predecessor but still a lot of fun, this long-awaited Pixar sequel was always destined to make lots of money.
2. Bridget Jones’s Baby (outside top 10 in US)
Bridget Jones returns to the big screen for this fun re-entry into the world of the lovable titular character.
1. The Jungle Book (2016) (#5 in US)
Perhaps a surprise at number one is Jon Favreau’s adaptation of The Jungle Book. A huge hit with critics and audiences, the film proved to be a clear box office winner in the UK.
Source: Box Office Mojo – http://www.boxofficemojo.com/