Comscore today announced £596m as the final 2021 box office total for UK and Irish cinemas. Whilst revenue was naturally down from 2019’s pre-pandemic high, it did increase a healthy 85% on 2020 (£323m), signalling a strong sector recovery.

The substantial improvement in box office reaffirmed cinemagoing as the leading out-of-home entertainment choice, made even more remarkable by the fact that cinemas were completely shuttered for 19 weeks of the year.

In total there were 497 new theatrical releases, with the biggest hitters No Time to Die (£96.5m) and Spider-Man: No Way Home (£74.8m) both securing a berth in the territory All-time Top 10 chart.

Universal claimed the crown as the leading distributor, delivering £180.8m (30.3% of the total market) from a diverse 25 new films released across the year.

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