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  Comedies sell most UK cinema tickets in 2002
Updated 06 June 2003, 15.03

Having a good giggle is the main reason people go to the cinema in the UK, says a new survey.

The Film Council found that more than a quarter of the 176m cinema tickets sold in 2002 were for comedy films.

Austin Powers hit

Fact File
Top types of film
1 - Comedy - 26.5%
2 - Action - 12.5%
3 - Animation - 9.4%
4 - Drama - 8.7%
5 - Science fiction - 4%
6 - Horror - 3.5%
7 - Crime - 3.2%
8 - Thriller - 2.8%
9 - Adventure - 2.3%
10 - Fantasy - 2%
And the survey also showed that more people went to watch films in 2002 than in any of the 30 years before it, spending a huge 755m on tickets.

The third Austin Powers movie was the most popular comedy, just in front of Scooby Doo, About A Boy and My Big Fat Greek Wedding.

male/female divideHarry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets was the most popular UK film worldwide, earning 439m in the UK alone.

The survey also found out that men and women like different types of films.

It said women like relationship dramas and romantic comedies, while men prefer action films, sci-fi and horror.

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