After just four weeks of release, Disney·Pixar’s Finding Dory has become the UK and Ireland’s biggest animated film of the year after taking £34.3M at the box office to date. The film, which has been praised by audiences across the globe, was the number one film in the UK this past week proving that everyone’s favourite fish is truly “unforgettable”. The result also mirrors the film’s success in the US where it has become the biggest animation film of all time taking an incredible $480M at the box office.
Walt Disney Studios now have three films sitting within the top five films released in 2016 across the UK/Ireland with The Jungle Book, released on Blu-ray and DVD this week, taking the top spot with £46M. Alongside Finding Dory, Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War also sits within the top five films having taken £36.9M. In terms of actual box office generated in 2016, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Zootropolis sits as the ninth biggest film with £23.9M and Star Wars: The Force Awakens (a 2015 release) made £35.9M of its total box office in 2016, giving Disney 5 out of the top 10 highest grossing films in 2016.
British actor Idris Elba and Academy Award® winner Lupita Nyong’o are now arguably the most successful actors at the UK box office this year after Elba lent his voice to some truly memorable characters in three out of the top ten films of the year – Finding Dory (Fluke), Zootropolis (Chief Bogo) and The Jungle Book (Shere Khan) with Nyong’o playing both Maz Kanata in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the voice of Raksha in The Jungle Book. N’yongo will be next appearing in Disney’s upcoming film The Queen of Katwe before joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2018’sBlack Panther. Elba will be reprising his role of Heimdall in Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarokout in cinemas next year.