U.K. Film Admissions Up 10 Percent at Mid-Year Mark
'Jurassic World' and 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' are credited with helping get more people into cinemas.
In the first six months of 2015, cinemas across the U.K. recorded 83 million admissions, a 10 percent increase over the figures from the same period last year, according to new statistics published by the British Film Institute.
The number of films released jumped too, hitting 358 titles through July 12, compared to last year’s 342, and seeing total box office revenue reach $917 million, up from 2014’s $760 million. That marked a 20.7 percent increase.
Blockbusters including this year’s biggest hit so far, Jurassic World, were credited with getting more people into theaters, although films made in the U.K., including Avengers: Age of Ultron, and U.K./U.S. co-productions including The Theory of Everything and Kingsman: The Secret Service were also cited, with these making up 32 percent of the box office, the highest share since 2012.
"It is particularly exciting for the U.K. creative sector to see films made in the U.K. achieving a strong share of the U.K. box office market," said Amanda Nevill, BFI CEO.
Also included in the figures was mid-year production spend in the U.K., put at $919 million, with $802 million coming from "inward investment" from overseas, and domestic U.K. films accounting for $87 million. High-end TV show spending for the first six-months of the year reached $432 million.