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Rising film attendance in new EU states offsets general decline

FNE Staff 2008-02-11

Although cinema attendance in the European Union declined 2.2% in 2007, rising attendance in the new EU member states helped save the market from a more serious decline, according to figures released by the European Audiovisual Observatory. Ticket sales rose in Bulgaria, Poland, Latvia and Estonia while the Czech Republic and Lithuania both reported double digit growth and record highs.

The Czech Republic reported an 11.4% rise in attendance in 2006 compares with the previous year, while Lithuanians boosted their movie-going a full 34%, according to provisional data released Feb. 11. But not all new EU states reported positive growth. In Hungary, attendance declined by 13.8% while in Slovakia attendance dropped 19.9%. No provisional figures were available for Cyprus, Malta, Romania or Slovenia.

National films performed well on many markets in 2007. Compared with 2006, domestic market share increased in Poland by 8.8% to account for 24.7% of total admissions. Domestic market share in the Czech Republic rose 5.1% to account for 35.2% of the total market.

Cinema Attendance in New EU Countries (2003-2007p*)

In millions

Country

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007p*

% change
2007/2006

Source

BG

Bulgaria

3.0

3.1

2.4

2.4

2.5

4.6%

National Film Center

CZ

Czech Republic

12.1

12.0

9.5

11.5

12.8

11.4%

Ministry of Culture / UFD

EE

Estonia

1.3

1.2

1.1

1.6

1.6

2.5%

Estonian Film Foundation

HU

Hungary

13.7

13.7

12.1

11.7

10.1

-13.8%

National Film Office

LT

Lithuania

1.4

~

1.2

2.4

3.2

34.0%

Baltic Films

LV

Latvia

1.1

1.7

1.7

2.1

2.2

3.9%

National Film Centre

PL

Poland

23.8

33.4

23.6

32.0

32.6

1.8%

boxoffice.pl

SK

Slovakia

2.9

2.8

2.2

3.4

2.7

-19.9%

Slovak Film Institute

* p: provisional data

Source: European Audiovisual Observatory (OBS)

Market Shares for National Films in New EU Countries (2003-2007p*)

in %

Country

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007p*

Change

Source

BG

Bulgaria

~

~

~

~

1.2%

n.a.

National Film Center

CZ

Czech Republic

25.0%

23.8%

25.1%

30.1%

35.2%

5.1%

Ministry of Culture / UFD

EE

Estonia

8.2%

5.6%

5.7%

9.8%

14.3%

4.5%

Estonian Film Foundation

HU

Hungary

4.4%

10.3%

15.4%

18.7%

12.9%

-5.8%

National Film Office

LT

Lithuania

~

2.3%

7.2%

3.5%

1.9%

-1.5%

Baltic Films

LV

Latvia

3.6%

3.7%

1.8%

5.7%

7.4%

1.7%

National Film Centre

PL

Poland

9.8%

8.7%

3.4%

15.9%

24.7%

8.8%

Min. Cult / boxoffice.pl

* p: provisional data

Source: European Audiovisual Observatory (OBS)

  • Data have been collected with the collaboration of the EFARN (European Film Agency Research Network).

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