Bridget Jones's Baby becomes the UK's highest-grossing film of 2016

The beloved character has overcome Disney, Pixar and Marvel to earn the accolade  

Jacob Stolworthy
Wednesday 02 November 2016 11:58 GMT

The UK has a new biggest-selling film of the year and somewhat refreshingly, it's a non-superhero film led by a woman.

Working Title film Bridget Jones's Baby - the third in the franchise - has earned an overall box office haul of £46.27m to topple Disney's live-action reimagining of The Jungle Book into second (£46.1m).

The Guardian reports that the top five is rounded out by one kid's film and three superhero outings: Pixar animation Finding Dory (£42.6m), Deadpool (£37.9), Captain America: Civil War (£37.09) and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (£36.6m).

Notably, four of the top five are sequels with Deadpool on its own as an original property-of-sorts (the character exists in the X-Men universe).

Benedict Cumberbatch's Marvel debut Doctor Strange is the latest film to hit the box office number one spot having taken an impressive £9.3m in its first week.

Despite not cracking the top ten, indie Palme d'Or winner I, Daniel Blake became filmmaker Ken Loach's fastest hit to date following a scoop of £3.91m. The film - which has sparked controversy over its depiction of the UK's decrepit benefits system - led this year's British Independent Film Awards (BIFA) nominations with seven nods.

Meanwhile, The Girl on the Train became the 13th film to hit £20m in the UK with its present company including The Revenant, Jason Bourne, The BFG and Suicide Squad.

Eric Fellner talks about Bridget Jones's Baby

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