Cineworld said profits rose by 33 per cent after box office takings surged on the back of strong performing films such as Slumdog Millionaire.
The cinema operator posted a surplus of £11.6 million for the 27 weeks to July 2 and said it anticipated more success in the second half of the year.
It will open cinemas in Witney and Aberdeen this year, boosting its estate to 77 sites, while it has also invested in digital and 3D technology.
Announcing half-year results, Cineworld said box office receipts were up 24.3 per cent at £111.4 million after admissions improved 18 per cent to 24.3 million.
Cineworld said there were more strong performing films than last year, with other successes including Star Trek, X-Men and Angels & Demons.
The average ticket price per admission rose 5.8 per cent to £4.59, which reflected premium pricing on 3D performances and a larger adult audience mix. Average retail spend per person was broadly flat at £1.71.
In terms of trading for the second half, Cineworld said the films Bruno and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (above) had attracted sizeable audiences.