Captain America: Civil War crowned highest-grossing movie of 2016

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Captain America... biggest movie of the year - Credit: Disney
Captain America… biggest movie of the year – Credit: Disney

‘Captain America: Civil War’ has been named the highest-grossing movie of 2016, having hauled in – wait for it – a massive $1.153 billion (around £931 million).

The Marvel sequel convincingly beat Disney’s ‘Finding Dory’ to the top spot, though the Pixar sequel made a perfectly respectable $1.028 billion (£830 million) worldwide.

The figures have been stacked up by The Hollywood Reporter, with ‘Zootropolis’ coming in third (£827 million), followed by ‘The Jungle Book’ (£781 million), and ‘The Secret Life of Pets’ (£707 million).

Yep, that’s four of the top five movies of 2016 coming from Disney, which all contributes to its startling $7 billion (£5.7 billion) haul in global ticket sales for the year – making that acquisition of Lucasfilm in 2012 for $4 billion seem something of a bargain.

(Credit: Disney)
(Credit: Disney)

Making up the rest of the top 10 are ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ (£705 million), ‘Rogue One’, (£648 million, though it achieved this in just a couple of weeks), ‘Deadpool’ (£632 million), ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ (£627 million) and ‘Suicide Squad’ (£602 million).

However, it wasn’t all glory, with a rash of big budget movies this year having bombed rather horribly.

The remake of ‘Ben-Hur’, ‘Gods of Egypt’, ‘Allied’ and ‘The Finest Hours’ cost their studios over $1 billion.

(Credit: Universal)
(Credit: Universal)

And displaying the chasm between movies that did well, and movies that did not, big budget disappointments like ‘Warcraft’ and ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’ have somehow made it into the top 20, despite not performing nearly as well as they had to in order to be considered a financial success.

Here’s the top 20 movies of 2016 in full:

1. Captain America: Civil War – £931 million
2. Finding Dory – £830 million
3. Zootropolis – £827 million
4. The Jungle Book – £781 million
5. The Secret Life of Pets – £707 million
6. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – £705 million
7. Rogue One – £648 million
8. Deadpool – £632 million
9. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – £627 million
10. Suicide Squad – £620 million
11. Doctor Strange – £531 million
12. The Mermaid – £447 million
13. X-Men: Apocalypse – £439 million
14. Kung Fu Panda 3 – £421 million
15. Warcraft – £350 million
16. Jason Bourne – £335 million
17. Ice Age: Collision Course – £329 million
18. Moana – £326 million
19. Independence Day: Resurgence – £315 million
20. Tarzan – £288 million

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