U.K. Box Office Up 9 Percent Mid-Year

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Impressive results from 'Jurassic World' and 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' push six-month revenues past $813 million.

A bumper crop of blockbusters has boosted the U.K.’s box-office haul at the mid-year mark to track almost 10 percent higher than in 2014.

Figures released by Rentrak show total revenue topped $813 million through July 2, a 9 percent hike over the same period last year.

The results were boosted by the likes of Jurassic World, this year’s current highest U.K. earner with $88.7 million, according to Box Office Mojo, followed by Avengers: Age of Ultron with $76.6 million and Furious 7, which brought in $60 million in Britain.

The only homegrown title to make the current top 10 is Oscar winner The Theory of Everything, in the eighth slot with $31.9 million.

Minions’ recent record-breaking success has seen the 2015 mid-year figures track even higher throughout July, with the year's overall box office now standing at $1.05 billion as of July 16, up 15 percent from the same point in 2014.

Last year saw the U.K.'s full-year box office drop 2.9 percent -- around $53 million -- from 2013, with experts citing a lack of major blockbusters. Notable winter releases Spectre, the follow-up to the most successful James Bond movie of all time, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens should ensure that 2015 doesn't suffer the same fate.

 

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