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Inbetweeners Movie boosts Cineworld box office sales

The cast of The Inbetweeners attend the film premiere in London
Image caption The Inbetweeners Movie had the most successful opening weekend for a British comedy film

The Inbetweeners Movie, the spin-off of the Channel 4 sitcom, has driven growth in box office sales at Cineworld.

The company said box office sales for the year to 20 October were up 1.4% on a year ago.

It said the most notable performance had come from The Inbetweeners Movie, which had grossed more than £44m and had "nearly matched" the success of Oscar-winner The King's Speech.

Cineworld is the UK's largest cinema operator with 78 sites.

Other big hitters at the box office include Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 in 3D, Transformers: Dark of the Moon in 3D, Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Bridesmaids.

The popularity of 3D films appears to be growing, with admissions rising to 18% of total admissions, from 16% in the first half of the year.

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