Admissions for Domestic Films in Bulgaria Triple in 2017

    Alek Alexiev and Stoyan Doichev in Heights by Victor Bojinov Alek Alexiev and Stoyan Doichev in Heights by Victor Bojinov

    SOFIA: Admissions to domestic films almost tripled in Bulgaria from 176,395 in 2016 to 512,521 in 2017, while the domestic films cashed in over 2 m EUR in 2017 compared to 612,000 EUR in 2016. This is due mostly to the success of Victor Bojinov’s Heights.

    Victor Bojinov’s Heights ranked first with 130,470 admissions and 546,160 EUR gross. Other successful domestic films were Katerina Goranova’s and Asen Blatechky’s spectacular action debut Broken Road (Cinequanone) with 98,822 admissions and 406,331 EUR gross, and Zornitsa Sophia's Voevoda (MQ Pictures Ltd ) with 87,604 admissions and 345,761 EUR gross, according to the Bulgarian National Film Center.

    Magdalena Ralcheva’s relatively small and privately financed (12А Ltd) teenage comedy 12A, released by A+Films, had 57,593 admissions and 226,736 EUR gross. Ilian Djevelekov’s Omnipresent (Miramar Film), which won the main award at the 35th ‘Golden Rose’ NFF, came fifth with 45,782 admissions and 195,188 EUR gross.

    A total of 28 Bulgarian films were theatrically released in 2017 compared to 17 in 2016 and 16 in 2015.

    Total admissions increased by 2.49 percent and total box office by 5.7 percent. In 2017 total admissions were 5,566,585 and total box office was 25.9 m EUR, compared to 5,431 028 admissions and 24.5 m EUR total gross in 2016.