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July 2, 2024

UK Drama Films Boost Q1 Box Office, but Q2 Faces Challenges

UK drama films boost Q1 box office in UK-Ireland but Q2 off to slow start.

UK - The UK-Ireland box office saw positive signs during the first quarter (Q1) of 2024. UK drama films performed particularly well, contributing to a 17% increase in total box office revenue compared to 2023. From January to mid-April, the box office grossed £217 million.

Top Performers in Q1:

Warner Bros’ Dune: Part Two led the way, grossing £38 million.

One Life, an independent UK film released by Warner Bros, earned £10 million.

Notably, four UK dramas grossed over £5 million each in Q1: Back To Black, One Life, Wicked Little Letters, and All Of Us Strangers.

UK independent films accounted for 13.6% of the Q1 box office, up from 9.2% in 2023. Event cinema titles also performed well, grossing over £9 million in Q1.

Q2 Challenges:

May 2024 witnessed a 29% decline compared to the same period in 2023. Disney’s Kingdom Of The Planet Of The Apes was the top performer in May, grossing £13.7 million.

The total UK-Ireland box office for 2024 is tracking 9% behind 2023, emphasising the need for patience and optimism.

While Q1 showed promise, the entertainment industry faces challenges in Q2. Patience and a diverse slate of titles will be crucial for a successful year at the box office.

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