CINEWORLD today said blockbusters including Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince helped it post a 6.5% improvement in revenues.
But the cinema operator saw box office revenues growth in the 43 weeks to October 22 slow sharply to 10.9%, from 24.3% for the half year, as takings paled into comparison with last year when Mamma Mia stormed to success in an "exceptional" third quarter.
Cineworld has also seen a 26.9% slump in other income, which mainly reflects further weakness in screen advertising, although the firm said this was offset by retail and box office revenues.
The firm said new releases such as Sherlock Holmes, St Trinian’s 2 and A Christmas Carol gave it confidence that it will deliver continued growth for the full 12 months in line with market expectations.
Cineworld saw profits rise by 33% in the first half of the year, to £11.6 million, and it has anticipated further growth.
The latest batch of movie hits - including the penultimate J K Rowling wizard adventure and the animation Ice Age 3 - were more family friendly productions and helped to drive sales of sweets, resulting in 5% growth in retail revenues in the period to October.
Cineworld said the increase in retail revenues was a "good performance given the challenging consumer environment, and reflects the appeal of Cineworld’s retail offer and value propositions".
It said the number of films being released in 3D, including Ice Age 3, had helped boost its market share in the UK and Ireland to 23.8% as it utilised its expanding digital capabilities.
The firm is set to open a 10-screen cinema in Aberdeen and a five-screen site in Witney, which will be the first in its stable to have digital projectors in every auditorium. This will increase its estate to 77 cinemas and 790 screens.