Magazine article Screen International

UK Cinema Admissions Rise but Box Office Receipts Fall in First Half of 2018

Magazine article Screen International

UK Cinema Admissions Rise but Box Office Receipts Fall in First Half of 2018

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Admissions up 1.5% between January-June 2018 but total box office takings down by 2%.

‘Avengers: Infinity War’

Admissions to UK cinemas hit 85.5m in the first half of 2018, up 1.5% on the same period in 2017, according to the Cinema Advertising Association (CAA).

However, box office receipts for the UK and Ireland fell by 2% to £665.8m between Jan 5 - July 5, 2018, compared to the same 26 play weeks in 2017, based on figures provided by comScore.

The six-month period of January to June ended just before the cinema-going slump of mid to early July caused by World Cup fever and warm summer weather.

Disney has the two-highest grossing films of the year so far in Avengers: Infinity War (£70.8m) and Black Panther (£50.6m), followed by Sony’s Peter Rabbit (£41m), Universal’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (£39. …

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