October 2021 produced an impressive 16.4m admissions in UK cinemas, the largest monthly returns since January 2020. The theatrical business delivered its best October performance since 2012 and the third biggest October footfall this century. Admissions for the year to date now stand at a healthy 51.6m, 20% ahead of 2020 at the same point.
With cinemas allowed to open again from mid-May onwards, audience numbers built steadily across late spring and into summer. Films arriving in the autumn included The Adams Family 2, Halloween Kills, The Last Duel, No Time to Die, Dune, Venom: Let There Be Carnage and The French Dispatch, all of which saw considerable portions of their ticket sales in October.
No Time to Die led the pack throughout, following a delayed release due to the pandemic. The 25th Bond film is now on the cusp of becoming the third highest grossing release in UK and Ireland cinema history. Currently behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Skyfall, it will overtake previous Bond outing Spectre in the coming days. Worldwide, No Time to Die is also the highest grossing English language release of the pandemic era.
Admissions for 2021, and in particular October’s exceptional results, continue to showcase the theatrical market’s post-pandemic recovery and with the year far from over, there is still a diverse slate of films scheduled for release between now and the end of December. Head over to the FDA release calendar here to see a list of upcoming films and release dates.