The UK box office just broke a new record

Rianne Houghton
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From Digital Spy

It turns out that the British public are still huge fans of going to the cinema, even if you do need to remortgage your home to get a large popcorn and drink.

Confirming that the cinema business is very much booming in the UK, The Film Distributors Association has revealed that the UK box office has just broken a very important record.

Yes, the UK box office officially passed the £1 billion threshold last Sunday (October 1) – the earliest in the year that it has reached that landmark. That's is a lot of tickets – and a lot of cinema snacks, too.

The new figure is up by an impressive £60 million compared to the amount this time last year, and there's still a whole load of great (and lucrative) British films to come out. Star Wars: The Last Jedi, to name but one...

Photo credit: Lucasfilm

Related: Hollywood movies have had their worst box office performance for years

For those of you into competitive film-watching, the news that the UK box office is breaking records will be music to your ears, unless you're an US cinema-goer.

Unfortunately for the States, this summer's US box office has been a bit of a bust, with figures at the lowest for a decade – and not even Labour Day weekend could help.

Revenue for the holiday weekend landed at around $100 million (£76.6 million), which is down 22% from last year.

Hey, at least they had the record-breaking It on their side.

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