U.K. Cinema Admissions Poised to Hit Almost 50-Year High

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Just 14 million more admissions are needed to reach the 176 million mark for the first time since 1970.

2018 has been a big year for cinema in the U.K. So big, in fact, that it's about to break a nearly 50-year record for the number of admissions. 

According to the U.K. Cinema Association, admissions in November reached 14.8 million, up 5 percent from the same month in 2017 and leaving the sector "tantalizingly close" (just 14 million admissions) to the 176 million mark for 2018, the highest figure since 1970. 

While 2018 hasn't included a James Bond title, which generally tops the box office, and the summer saw England's unexpectedly lengthy run in the soccer World Cup keep cinemagoers out of theaters, the number has been buoyed by a bumper crop of films surpassing the $40 million mark, including Deadpool 2, Peter Rabbit, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Bohemian Rhapsody, Black Panther, Incredibles 2, Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again and Avengers: Infinity War (which tops the year's list with $96.6 million).

Aquaman, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald and Mary Poppins Returns are all expected to join the $40 million club soon.