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All-time Record Year for Polish Cinema Featured

2018-01-15
Letters To Santa 3 by Tomasz Konecki Letters To Santa 3 by Tomasz Konecki photo: Kino Świat

WARSAW: Polish cinema saw another record breaking year with an all-time best result of 56 m total admissions and two domestic titles topping the overall box office. Total gross was 254.6 m EUR.

Admissions increased by almost 10% compared to 2016, when admissions were 51 m. The romantic comedy Letters to Santa 3 directed by Tomasz Konecki and produced by TVN topped the 2017 box office with record-breaking 2.98 m admissions. The film broke the 3 m admissions mark at the beginning of 2018 and was also very successful abroad, where it entered the UK's top ten. Letters to Santa 3 was released in a dozen of countries including the US, Germany, Sweden and Austria. The TVN series (which has been called the Polish version of Love Actually), has been on top of the Polish box office for years. Letters to Santa directed by Mitja Okorn had 2.5 m admissions in 2011 and Letters to Santa 2 directed by Maciej Dejczar had 2.5 m admissions in 2015.

TVN's hit is followed by Botox directed by Patryk Vega and produced by Ent One with 2.31 m admissions in 2017. This dark medical thriller had 711,906 admissions during the opening weekend, becoming the best domestic premiere in 2017 and the second best domestic premiere in the last 30 years. It also reached the number four spot in Ireland on its opening weekend, with 100,000 EUR and the number five spot in the UK overall box office with nearly 890,000 EUR (which includes the Irish results).

The overall Polish 2017 box office also includes: Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Despicable Me 3, The Art of Loving directed by Maria Sadowska (Watchout Productions, 1.8 m admissions), Sing, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Fifty Shades Darker, Smurfs: The Lost Village and The Fate of the Furious.


Domestic admissions 2017 top ten is topped by Letters to Santa 3 directed by Tomasz Konecki (2.98 m admissions), followed by Botox directed by Patryk Vega (2.31 m admissions), Art of Loving directed by Maria Sadowska (1.8 m admissions), Advice for Betrayal / Porady na zdrady directed by Ryszard Zatorski (Figaro Film,7.4 m admissions), Just Friendship / Po prostu przyjaźń directed by Filip Zylber (Agora, 6.4 m admissions), The Fastest directed by Łukasz Palkowski (Iron Films, 6.86 m admissions), Volta directed by Juliusz Machulski (Zebra Film, 5 m admissions), Convoy / Konwój directed by Maciej Żak  (Profil Film, 3.1 m admissions), Marie Curie – The Courage of Knowledge directed  Marie Noëlle (Pokromski Studio, 3.9 m admissions), Silent Night directed by Piotr Domalewski (Studio Munka, 343,749 admissions) and Loving Vincent directed by Dorota Kobiela and Britain’s Hugh Welchman (BreakThru Films, 366,931 admissions).              

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