The UK's share of the worldwide box office falls nearly 10 per cent after films failed to live up to a blockbuster 2015

 
Lian Parsons
Rogue One was a UK film hit in worldwide box offices last year
Rogue One was a UK film hit in worldwide box offices last year (Source: Getty Images)

UK films' share of the worldwide box office fell last year, down from 25 per cent in a blockbuster 2015 to 16 per cent in 2016.

However, it was still the third highest share since 2002, according to statistics released by the British Film Institute.

Overall the figures have declined from 2015. UK studio-backed films fell from 22 per cent to 15 per cent and independent films also dropped from 2.8 per cent to 1.2 per cent of global revenues. UK films worldwide gross was $6.5bn (£5.2bn), down from $9.4bn.

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These figures tend to fluctuate in general, due to being dependent on the performance of only a handful of titles.

The top 10 independent films had a total gross of $322m (£257.72m), accounting for 68 per cent of the total gross of all UK independent films worldwide. The top three films were The Danish Girl at $58m (£46.4m), Florence Foster Jenkins at $55m (£44m) and Eddie the Eagle at $41m (£32.8m).

Rogue One, the Jungle Book and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them performed well as the top three UK qualifying films at the worldwide box office.

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The top 10 UK qualifying films pulled in about $5.2bn (£4.1bn), accounting for 79 per cent of the total earned internationally by all UK films.

Top 10 UK qualifying films at the worldwide box office last year

Rank Title
1. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
2. The Jungle Book
3. Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them
4. Doctor Strange
5. Jason Bourne
6. The Legend of Tarzan
7. Now You See Me 2
8. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
9. Alice Through the Looking Glass
10. The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Case

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