Latest admissions figures show that UK cinemas enjoyed a bumper May as audiences came out in huge numbers to enjoy the early Summer slate.

Admissions for May 2013 were 15,607,698, up 16 per cent on the same month last year. Chief amongst the films benefiting from this surge in audiences were Star Trek: Into Darkness, Fast and Furious 6 and Iron Man 3.

The month pushed cinema-going for the year marginally ahead of the same point in 2012.

Welcoming the figures, CEA Chief Executive Phil Clapp said:

‘Summer 2013 has really taken off at UK cinemas, and with a wide range of quality films being released over the new few months, we can all I think be confident that that success will continue.

Last year cinemas had to cope with the challenge of the Golden Jubileee, the football World Cup and of course the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. With nothing on that scale to compete for audience attention this year, I think we may be looking at a record-breaking Summer.”