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2015 was the best year ever for cinema box offices

By Ian Jones

More money was taken at UK cinemas in 2015 than any year in history as audiences flocked to see the return to the big screen of Star Wars and James Bond.

Just over £1.2bn was made at box offices across the country, a jump of 17% on 2014 and the highest figure on record.

Cinema admissions were also up after dropping the previous year. Almost 172 million tickets were sold, a rise of 9% on 2014.

The figures were hailed by Amanda Nevill, head of the British Film Institute (BFI). She said: "Today's numbers show a golden age of British film continuing - and underlines film's important contribution to the UK economy."

Star Wars: The Force Awakens was made in the UK and took in a record-breaking £113.96m.

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