UK admissions rose 6% year-on-year for the first half of 2006, according to the country's distributors' organisation.
Visitor numbers rose to 76.9 million with box-office revenues reaching $815m (£396.8m.)
The figures from the Film Distributor's Association highlight two key factors:
The popularity of local films, including Mr Bean's Holiday, Hot Fuzz , Miss Potter, The Last King of Scotland and Notes on a Scandal.
And the success of major franchises, including the country's number-one film Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest.
Some 246 films received a UK cinema release between January and June.
Other statistics in the report show:
- UK film distributors spent $170m (£82.4m) in media advertising
- $70m (£34.2m) on TV spots
- $60m (£28.8m) on outdoor poster panels
- $28m (£13.6m) on press advertising.
'Coming off such a strong start to the year, this summer's wonderful line-up is already attracting cinemagoers in record numbers,' said Film Distributors' Association Chief Executive, Mark Batey.
The Top 20 films in UK cinemasJanuary-June 2007