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Last Updated: Tuesday, 12 August, 2003, 10:07 GMT 11:07 UK
Movies and music feel the heat
UK heatwave, Brighton beach
Many consumers are heading for the beach instead
The UK heatwave has taken its toll on filmgoers and music buyers as cinemas and CD retailers reported falling trade.

Box office business at the weekend was down 13% on the previous week, while many films suffered a drop in earnings, website Screen Daily reported.

Last week's leader, Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines, fell 55%, the film site said. Takings overall were down 7% on last year.

Music retailers were also suffering as customers avoided high street stores - compounding one of the quietest weeks of the year for new releases.

Album sales were down about 15% as shops reported slow business, according to industry magazine Music Week.

HMV's flagship store in Oxford Street, central London, said the weather was proving "pretty challenging", while the company's main Belfast store described business as "flat".

Record temperatures

Other stores around the UK agreed that trade was slow.

In cinemas, Sunday's record temperatures may have had the effect of driving people to seek air-conditioning - it was the busiest day of the weekend for films.

On Sunday, 3.2m was taken across the country compared to Friday's 2.7m and Saturday's 3m, Screen Daily said.

The day's business was up 17% up on the previous weekend and 12% up on last year.

Pirates of the Caribbean, the Johnny Depp adventure, was the weekend's biggest hit, taking 3.8m from 452 screens.

Terminator 3 fell to second spot while the only other new entries in the top 10 were Rugrats Go Wild and What a Girl Wants at number nine and 10.

The first science fiction Bollywood film, Koi... Mil Gaya opened in 12th spot, taking in 177,000 from 36 screens.

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