Cinema Advertising Association predicts boom in admissions

The Cinema Advertising Association is predicting that the total cinema admissions in 2002 will be the biggest since 1971.

Cumulatively for the period January to May 2002 the total admissions figure is 75.5 million, which is a year-on-year increase of 25 per cent.

Admissions in May were up 20 per cent year on year to a total of 14 million, and the CAA is predicting that total admissions this year will reach 174 million - this will be the highest in 31 years.

Films such as The Panic Room, About A Boy and Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones have driven May's box office success.

George Lucas' second part of the Star Wars prologue took more than £24 million at the box office in its first two weeks and achieved the biggest opening weekend of the year so far.

Universal's film adaptation of Nick Hornby's novel About A Boy, starring Hugh Grant and Rachel Weisz, continued to do well. Despite being released in April it took £10 million in May.

Further major releases that are expected to do well this year include Men In Black 2, The Lord of the Rings and Scooby Doo.

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