1. 'Quantum of Solace' Boosts UK Cinema Attendance

    By Devin Zydel on 2008-12-23
    Daniel Craig is James Bond in 'Quantum of Solace'

    Quantum of Solace has contributed to a 40% increase in November cinema admissions in the UK, reports the Telegraph.

    The popularity of the 22nd James Bond film and other recent box-office hits such as High School Musical 3 led to 13.53 million admissions in November alone.

    Phil Clapp, the chief executive of the Cinema Exhibitors’ Association said that 2008 had been a strong year for cinema attendance and expected admissions to be up 2.5% year-on-year to 167 million. This would make 2008 the strongest year for cinema-going in since the 171.3 million in 2004. ‘This confirms the view that cinema holds up well in times of economic difficulties,’ said Mr Clapp.

    Besides 007, other notable film successes this year included Pierce Brosnan’s Mamma Mia! (which just recently became the all-time highest grossing film in the UK, inflation unadjusted) and The Dark Knight.

    This news follows up the recent report that Quantum of Solace boosted the German box office in its most recent quarter.

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