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 (£39.7m) and Fox’s Deadpool 2 (£32.6m).
The best performing UK independent films in the first six months of 2018 were Universal’s The Darkest Hour (£24.1m) ,Fox’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (£16m), StudioCanal’s The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society ( £5.9m), E1’s Finding Your Feet (£5.8m), StudioCanal’s You Were Never Really Here (£1.1m) and Lionsgate’s On Chesil Beach (£1m).
Local animations StudioCanal’s Early Man, produced by Aardman Animations and Paramount’s Sherlock Gnomes, which was produced by Rocket Pictures, grossed £11.3m and £8.8m respectively.
Artifical Eye’s 2017 Palme d’Or winner The Square earned £723,000 to become the highest-grossing foreign-language flm of the year to date.
The highest-grossing documentary is Lionsgate’s McQueen with £583,000 to date this year in the UK.