BUCHAREST: Admissions to domestic films almost doubled in 2016, thanks to the domestic comedies #selfie69 by Cristina Iacob and Two Lottery Tickets by Paul Negoescu. Box office increased by 10.21 percent and total admissions increased by 7.46 percent.
According to the Romanian Film Centre, estimated domestic admissions were more than 400,000 in 2016 compared to 203,822 in 2015. Together #selfie69 and Two Lottery Tickets cashed in more than 1 m EUR.
Total admissions were approximately 12 m (estimated), compared to 11,166,861 in 2015 and 10,171,644 in 2014. Total box office was approximately 51.2 m EUR / 228 m RON (estimated) compared to almost 46.5 m EUR / 206,868,801 RON in 2015 and 41.6 m EUR / 185,201,343 RON in 2014.
According to Cinemagia, domestic admissions chart 2016 is topped by #selfie69 with 150,113 admissions, followed by Two Lottery Tickets with 133,272 admissions and Graduation with 55,192 admissions.
In September 2016 Cristina Iacob's #selfie69 reached 25,121 admissions, thus breaking the 26-year-old opening record for a domestic film. In October 2016 the low budget comedy Two Lottery Tickets / Două lozuri by Paul Negoescu beat the record again with 27,182 admissions and 95,488 EUR / 424,926 RON gross.
Two Lottery Tickets was produced with a budget of approximately 30,000 EUR by Actoriedefilm.ro in coproduction with Papillon Film and Spain’s Kikland. The film is distributed by Ro Image 2000, one of the leading Romanian distributors.
#selfie69 was produced by Adrian Sârbu, the ex-CEO of Central European Media Enterprises, through Zazu Film. It was released by Zazu Film.
Graduation / Bacalaureat was directed and produced by Cristian Mungiu through Mobra Films in coproduction with France’s Why Not Productions, Belgium’s Les Films du Fleuve and France 3 Cinéma. The film was released in Romania by Voodoo Films at the same time with its world premiere in Cannes.