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10/10/01
Cinema Puts More Bums on Seats
- Going to the flicks is more popular than last year

BRITISH cinema attendances are increasing, according to figures released by the Cinema Advertising Association (CAA).

Admissions in September have risen by 13.5 per cent compared to last year to reach 10.6 million - the highest for that month since 1997.

Traditionally a quiet month for box-office takings, September 2001 was a good month due to the number of high-profile releases, experts say. Moulin Rouge, the musical starring Ewan MacGregor and Nicole Kidman, took UKP10.6 million during the month, while Steven Spielberg's latest blockbuster, AI, banked UKP4.8 million.

Although the first quarter witnessed a drop of 8.7 per cent, current admissions this year stand at a total of UKP 113 million. And with the year's most highly anticipated films - Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of The Ring - still to come, UK admissions could easily surpass the CAA's prediction of a total UKP148 million for 2001.




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