Although the overall box office rose slightly in the U.S. in 2006, it was down for the second consecutive year in the U.K. as total admissions fell from 164.7 million in 2005 to 156.6 million in 2006, according to figures released today (Monday) by the U.K. Film Council. David Steele, head of research and statistics, forecast a modest turn-around in 2007. "Admissions are likely to be up with the release of major productions such as the new Harry Potter installment and could reach 160 million," he said. Attendance at U.K. theaters appeared to be up during the midweek, with 40 percent of all ticket sales being recorded on Monday through Thursday, up from 32 percent in 2002.