James Bond Spectre boost for Cineworld

Takings at Cineworld are tipped to get a second-half boost from a flurry of blockbuster releases including the new James Bond movie, Spectre.

Daniel Craig is set to return as James Bond in Spectre, co-starring Monica Bellucci, providing a lift for Cineworld. Picture: Getty

Analysts at Barclays have predicted that box office admissions will be up 3 per cent for 2015, due to the number of big films that have been released or that are coming out before the end of the year.

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Cineworld is expected to report a solid set of interim results this Thursday but is likely to get a further boost from the forthcoming Bond release and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

In March, the group, which has more than 100 sites under the Cineworld and Picturehouse brands, reported that annual profits beat expectations, jumping 73 per cent to £75 million driven by the acquisition of rival Cinema City. Peel Hunt believes 2015 first-half earnings, excluding interest write-offs and one-offs, will come in at some £60m.