Monday 21 August 2017

Bridget Jones and Star Wars help Cineworld welcome over 100 million film goers

A scene from the Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie
A scene from the Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie

Ravender Sembhy

The unlikely combination of Bridget Jones, Mowgli and Star Wars helped Cineworld see more than 100 million film-goers walk through its doors in 2016.

Cineworld said blockbuster films - such as Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Bridget Jones's Baby and The Jungle Book - helped full-year revenue jump 12.6pc in the year to the end of December.

Box office sales grew 7pc overall and 3.7pc in the UK. Internationally, Cineworld saw box office revenue climb 13.5pc.

Retail revenues jumped 12.7pc over the period, thanks in part to the addition of seven new Starbucks outlets in Cineworld cinemas.

The group is now looking forward to this year's releases, which include Star Wars: Episode VIII, Despicable Me 3 and Fast And Furious 8.

Cineworld said: "There is an exciting film slate for 2017.

"With a strong balance sheet the group continues to look at potential investment and expansion opportunities, and expects to deliver further value to shareholders during the forthcoming year."

The group operates a total of 226 sites with 2,115 screens.

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