LONDON — U.K. cinema admissions were down 8.6% to 74.7 million in the first half of 2005, after a dismal second quarter at the box office.
Ticket sales from January to March were up 3%, but they slumped by 18.8% from April to June, according to figures released by the Cinema Advertising Assn.
June recorded the steepest drop of the year to date, down 28.6% on the same month last year.
“Star Wars: Episode III — Return of the Sith” was the top grosser for the second month in succession, followed by “Batman Begins” and “Mr. and Mrs. Smith.”