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Summer blockbusters and wet weather boost UK box office

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The UK box office racked up its best figures in 40 years this summer, with the dismal weather cited for the lure of the big screen.

According to figures from the Film Distributors’ Association (FDA), more than 50 million movie tickets were bought between June and August, a rise of 27% on the same period in 2006.

Blockbusters sequels for Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean, Shrek and the Bourne trilogy helped pull in cinema-goers.

Chief executive of the FDA Mark Batey said the box office figures were “unprecedented”.

“It’s thrilling that so many people have enjoyed the uniquely immersive, high quality experience of the cinema this summer,” he added.

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