18-03-2020

Coronavirus Hits Serbian Box Office

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The interior of the Youth Hall of Belgrade during the 2019 edition of the March Festival - Belgrade Documentary and Short Film Festival The interior of the Youth Hall of Belgrade during the 2019 edition of the March Festival - Belgrade Documentary and Short Film Festival

BELGRADE: The Serbian box office plunged in the weekend of 13-15 March 2020, with number one Bloodshot racking up only 1,121 admissions, compared to Pixar’s Onward with 7,967 admissions in the previous weekend.

Potential upcoming box office hits such as Mulan and A Quiet Place Part II were pulled from the planned distribution in Serbia, following similar annoucements worldwide.

Luckily, in Serbia the Coronavirus restrictions coincide with a common gap between film festivals. The 67th edition of March Festival – The Belgrade Documentary and Short Film Festival (Martovski festival), which was set to start on 25 March 2020, had been cancelled since the venue, The Youth Hall of Belgrade - Dom omladine Beograda, had cancelled all of its programmes.

No feature films are currently shooting in Serbia, as the main season for such activities has always been late spring, summer or early autumn.

Serbia officially declared a state of emergency on 15 March 2020, but authorities didn’t express any requests regarding the cinemas.

The Cineplexx cinemas have officially announced that they are now closed due to the Coronavirus outbreak. The Cineplexx is the largest and the most popular cineplex chain in Serbia, with six multiplex venues, three in Belgrade and one each in Novi Sad, Niš and Kragujevac.

All other cinemas in Belgrade - the Kombank Hall, Tuckwood Cineplex, the Hall of the Culture Centre of Belgrade, the Art Cinema Kolarac, the Fontana Cinema - are also closed.