2002 still ahead 16% as 'MIB II' tops August B.O.

LONDON — The growth in U.K. cinema admissions slowed in August, with monthly ticket sales down 13% on last year from 18.1 million to 15.9 million.

Despite that, the year to date is still 16% ahead of 2001, with 118 million admissions so far.

The August box office was ruled by “Men in Black II,” which grossed $31 million, followed by “Austin Powers in Goldmember” with $21 million.

The Cinema Advertising Assn., which publishes the admissions figures, is predicting over 174 million entries this year, the highest since 1971.

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