In total, cinemas across the UK and Ireland brought in a record £1.30bn, according to tracking organisation Rentrak, with Spectre and The Force Awakens contributing heavily. The total beats the previous best of £1.099bn set in 2012 — the year Bond’s previous outing Skyfall was released.
That figure is good news in more ways than one. It’s a staggering 15.3 percent increase on 2014’s cumulative British box office, and although buoyed by two key franchise releases, shows a boost for the domestic cinema trade. It also tracks 11.1 percent higher than 2012, when adjusted for inflation.
“The titles taking the top two spots are no surprise: based on two of the most successful media franchises of all time, these films were widely expected to break records and bolster the 2015 box office,” said Rentrak, via statement.
The successs wasn’t entirely down to Bond and Star Wars though — the top ten films of the year included other massive successes including Jurassic World, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Inside Out, and Fifty Shades of Grey. However, how much of the higher total figure is down to more seats being filled over tickets being more expensive tickets than in 2012 isn’t accounted for.
2016 promises to be another big year for blockbuster film though. The next 12 months will be filled with multiple superhero movies — Deadpool, X-Men: Apocalypse, Doctor Strange, Captain America: Civil War, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice to name just a few — the new Ghostbusters, Warcraft, Star Trek Beyond and the first Star Wars anthology movie, Rogue One. With that slate, 2015 might not hold its crown for long.