Second quarter UK cinema admissions have risen by 2.5% over the same period in 2000, according to according to data from government agency National Statistics.

Admissions hit 32.2m over the second quarter, which was significantly bolstered by the success of the early-summer season release of Bridget Jones's Diary, which has earned $59.6m to date in the UK market.

Second quarter admissions were also up on first quarter 2001 figures by 16.4%, with seasonally-adjusted admissions reaching 36.2m. Total box-office takings for the quarter are estimated at $184.4m (£126.4m).

With 2,509 screens operating at 440 sites in the UK by the end of the second quarter, National Statistics estimates that average revenue per screen stands at $72,377 (£49,619), with average revenue per admission at $5.73 (£3.93).