Last year was a record-breaker for European cinema attendance; More than a billion entries were sold, a 6% increase compared with the year before.
Standing out among the mid-sized markets was Poland, where the biggest ticket-seller was The Passion of Christ. Overall Polish attendance climbed more than 40%!
In old Europe the figures were healthy as well. In the biggest EU countries, the most impressive rise in box office frequentation was in France — a 12.3% increase. Britain’s was 2.4%.
Production in Spain was particularly dynamic; 92 entirely nationally financed films were made there, about a third more than in 2003. The number of entirely nationally produced films also rose significantly, to 130.
The market share of people going to see films was stable: some 26% for European productions and roughly 71% for American productions.
The only European film among the top ten ticket-takers was the Bridget Jones sequel, in tenth place.
The Harry Potter sequel was in second place, and the Shrek sequel made first.