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UK box office aims for record year as movies retain appeal

October 6, 2017

LONDON (AP) — Despite concerns about the impact of streaming on movie attendance, the British box office is having a record year.

The Film Distributors’ Association said Friday that moviegoers spent 1 billion pounds ($1.32 billion) on tickets in the first nine months of 2017. Receipts are running six percent ahead of 2016, which saw a record 1.3 billion pounds in ticket sales.

The year’s most popular movie so far is “Beauty and the Beast,” followed by “Dunkirk,” ″Despicable Me 3,” ″Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2″ and “La La Land.”

Several big 2017 releases are still to come, including “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and Kenneth Branagh’s “Murder on the Orient Express.”

The U.S. box office endured one of its weakest-ever summers, although horror hit “It” helped improve the picture in September.

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