Good news for film industry despite drop in tickets sold

5th March 2008, Comments 0 comments

The news is still bad - but at least it's not as bad as previously thought. Spanish cinemas saw a drop of five million tickets sold last year, and not 20 million, as was announced in January.

5 March 2008

MADRID -  The news is still bad - but at least it's not as bad as previously thought. Spanish cinemas saw a drop of five million tickets sold last year, and not 20 million, as was announced in January.

These official figures were released yesterday by the Institute of Audiovisual Sciences and Arts (ICAA), replacing the Culture Ministry's provisional figures from January, which did not take into account the months of November and December and omitted many cinemas in their count.

"From now on, we'll only put the figures on the internet once they are nearly complete," said Fernando Lara, the director of the ICAA, who provided the advance data yesterday. The full figures due to be published in the next few days on the internet.

According to Lara, box office takings rose to EUR 640 million, an increase of 4.5 percent on 2007, mostly thanks to a rise in ticket prices. The number of cinemas in Spain held steady, at 4,285, 14 less than in 2006 - the ratio of theatre to inhabitant, however, still remains the highest in Europe.

On the production side there was more good news, with a record number of Spanish films made: 172 features, 57 of which were co-productions, 37 documentaries and five animations.

The year 2008 has also started well for the industry, with Mortadelo y Filemón. Misión salvar la Tierra and The Oxford Murders, both Spanish productions, pulling in most viewers.

[Copyright EL PAÍS 2008]

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