The New Year got off to a flying start for UK cinemas, latest admissions figures confirm, with January admissions up over 20 per cent on the same month in 2019.

Total UK cinema admissions for the month were recorded at 16,505,362, with a range of ‘awards season’ film s encouraging audiences back to the big screen after the Christmas break.

Chief amongst these was the World War 1 epic 1917, whose multiple BAFTA awards were reflected at the box office, with revenues of over £33 million in the month, and a running total at the moment of £41 million plus.

Also prominent amongst the month’s titles were other nominated films Little Women, Jojo Rabbit and The Personal History of David Copperfield, while more mainstream titles such as Bad Boys for Life, Star Wars: the Rise of Skywalker and The Gentlemen all added to a diverse film mix.

Welcoming these strong figures, UK Cinema Association CEO Phil Clapp said:

‘After another exceptional year for UK cinema, it’s great to see that performance continue on into 2020. We know that this year’s film slate is an extraordinarily diverse one, so to see such an exceptional audience response to such a varied range of films on offer augurs well for the weeks and months to come.’