Monday 24 October 2016

Bridget Jones's Baby in UK top five highest-grossing films in just four weeks

Published 12/10/2016 | 15:31

Renee Zellweger who plays Bridget Jones
Renee Zellweger who plays Bridget Jones

Bridget Jones's Baby has entered the UK top five highest-grossing films of 2016 after just four weeks in cinemas, figures show.

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Renee Zellweger's romcom took just over £8 million in its first week and after a month has made £37.9 million at British box offices.

If current momentum continues it could end up top of the pile and unseat The Jungle Book, which has made £46.2 million following its release in mid-April.

The Disney reboot of Rudyard Kipling's stories took nearly £10 million in the first week and had earned £36.8 million after a month - one million less than the third Bridget Jones instalment.

However, no film has come close to the figure notched up by Star Wars: The Force Awakens at the end of last year, which had taken nearly £110 million after four weeks.

Released at the end of July, Finding Dory sits in second place with UK earnings of £42 million having become one of the most successful animated films of all-time after earning more than one billion US Dollars worldwide.

There are four superhero movies in the provisional 2016 top 10: Deadpool, Captain America: Civil War, Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice and Suicide Squad.

Eddie The Eagle, a film about the British ski-jumping underdog, was the highest-earning UK independent release having grossed more than £8.5 million.

Magical adventure film Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, in cinemas in November, could be a potential challenger for top spot, while Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, released mid-December is also hotly anticipated.

There were 18.1 million cinema admissions across the UK in August, the highest monthly total of 2016 so far for which figures are available.

Top 10 films of the year so far in the UK, as of October 9, using figures from the British Film Institute (BFI).

:: The Jungle Book, £46.2 million

:: Finding Dory, £42 million

:: Deadpool, £37.9 million

:: Bridget Jones's Baby, £37.9 million

:: Captain America: Civil War, £36.9 million

:: Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice, £36.6 million

:: The Secret Life Of Pets, £35.2 million

:: Suicide Squad, £33.6 million

:: The BFG, £30 million

:: Zootropolis, £24 million

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