Blockbuster results gave Disney its biggest ever year at the UK and Ireland box office in 2018, with revenues swelling to £313m.
It’s a new record for Disney and a best-ever for a single distributor in the UK and Ireland market at large, beating Disney’s previous high watermark in 2016 when Finding Dory, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and The Jungle Book led a slate that delivered £300.7m.
Avengers: Infinity War – the UK’s biggest movie in 2018 – Incredibles 2 and Black Panther all pulled in more than £50m each, another new first for a single studio over one calendar year, and that trio all featured in the year’s top four grossing movies overall.
Across a dozen movie launches, Disney owned a 23 per cent market share of the entire UK box office. The performance saw it hold the crown for the number one distributor for the third year running and, with such a strong slate for the coming 12 months, it expects to collect the accolade for a fourth consecutive year in 2019.
Lee Jury, UK and Ireland Managing Director of WDSMP, called the performance an “astonishing year for Disney” adding: “We want to say a huge thank you to UK and Irish cinemagoers for showing such passion, loyalty and support of each of our Disney, Pixar, Marvel Studios, and Lucas Film releases once again.
"We are humbled by the results in 2018 and applaud the fans of our movies across the UK and Ireland whose support is simply extraordinary. 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.”