UK box office admissions in July were the highest for 31 years, according to the latest figures released by the Cinema Advertising Association.

July admission totalled 15 million - an average of 3.38 million a week - and 8% up on the same period last year.

Unsurprisingly, in the month that marks the start of the UK summer holidays, children's films such as Scooby Doo (£14.3m) fared well.

But it was the Tom Cruise science fiction vehicle Minority Report that proved the most popular taking in£16m and ensuring a top-ten position in the top grossing films of this year.

"The depth and quality of the films this year is outstanding," said CAA president Debbie Chalet. " More and more people are going to the cinema, more and more films are being released and there is no reason why this is not set to continue."

UK box office July

1. Minority Report (4/702) $24.6m (£16m)
2. Scooby-Doo (12/7/02) $22m (£14.3m)
3. Austin Powers In Goldmember (25/7/02) $13.5m (£8.8m)
4. Spider-Man (14/7/02) $9.4m (£6.1m)
5. Stuart Little 2 (19/7/02) $7.7m (£5m)
6. Resident Evil (12/7/02) $3.7m (£2.4m)
7. Spirit: Stallion of Cimarron (5/7/02) $2.5m (£1.6m)
8. Murder By Numbers (28/6/02) $2.3m (£1.5m)
9. Star Wars II - Attack Of The Clones (16/5/02) $2m (£1.3m)
10. Bad Company ( 12/7/02) $2m (£1.3m)