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Soggy summer boosts UK box office
Daniel Radcliffe in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
The latest Harry Potter film was the biggest summer draw
The summer weather has contributed to the season's best UK box office numbers for 40 years, according to figures.

More than 50 million cinema visits were made between June and August - a 27% increase on the same period in 2006.

The wettest summer since records began in 1914 had contributed to the "sensational" figures, said the Film Distributors' Association (FDA).

The biggest attractions over the summer were the latest outings from Harry Potter and Pirates of the Caribbean.

The Simpsons big screen outing took third place, with Shrek The Third and Spider-Man 3 in fourth and fifth.

'Broad population'

Transformers, The Bourne Ultimatum, Die Hard 4.0, Ocean's Thirteen and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer made up the bottom half of the top 10.

Foreign language films also performed well, with Germany's The Lives of Others, France's Tell No One and La Vie En Rose and Hindi language film Partner attracting more than one million admissions between them.

A "very broad population" made visits to the cinema in the last three months, according to the FDA.

The organisation's chief executive, Mark Batey, called the summer's box office figures "sensational" and "unprecedented".

"It's thrilling that so many people have enjoyed the uniquely immersive, high quality experience of the cinema this summer," he added.


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