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UK CINEMA'S REOPEN!

May 2021 | The Guardian

Cineworld and Odeon report strong results for weekend after loosening of Covid restrictions

Cinema owners have enjoyed a strong opening weekend in the UK, with the biggest box office takings since cinemas were first forced to close 14 months ago.

Cinema owners took an estimated £7m in ticket sales over the weekend, the best take since 6-8 March last year, led by Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway. The previous weekend high was the £6m taken by Tenet when it was released last August.

Cineworld said the first weekend that audiences had been allowed back into cinemas went “beyond expectations”. Shares in the company, the UK’s biggest chain with 127 sites, jumped 4% as investors cheered the prospect of a rapid return to pre-pandemic cinema-going levels.

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