Spanish movie theatres show reduced pulling power in 2007
For the third consecutive year, Spanish cinema is seeing fewer people buy tickets at the box office.16 January 2008
MADRID - For the third consecutive year, Spanish cinema is seeing fewer people buy tickets at the box office. In 2007 there were some 102 million cinema goers, 20 million fewer than 2006 (122 million) - a far cry from the 144 million who visited movie theatres in 2004. This trend is thought to be linked to a reduction in the number of screens in use.
Of the 25 biggest box office hits, the most popular Spanish production was El orfanato (The Orphanage) - directed by Juan Antonio Bayona, produced by Guillermo del Toro and starring Belén Rueda - in third place. It sold over three million tickets and took just over EUR 19m at the box office. The number-one blockbuster of the year was Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, followed by Shrek the Third.
According to figures from the Culture Ministry, only 13 million of last year's 102 million cinema goers went to see Spanish productions. The most surprising figure was the success of British film: in comparison with 337 Spanish productions bringing in over EUR 70 million, only 124 British films grossed around the same amount.
[Copyright EL PAÍS 2008]
Subject: Spanish news