Lower admissions for local films in 2007
by Vitor Pinto
17/01/2008 - Last year was marked by a decrease in admissions in Spanish theatres, a trend that affected both local and international titles. Although official data has yet to be announced by the Ministry of Culture, provisional figures point to a possible drop of 19 million moviegoers (102 million in 2007 against 121 million in 2006), equivalent to a €70m decrease in box office compared to 2006.
Of the 1,620 films exhibited, 337 were local productions or co-productions and two horror films top the chart of the most successful domestic films. The Orphanage [trailer] – which will not compete for an Academy Award despite opening in the US to praise recently – was the most seen film of 2007 (over 3,300,000 admissions and €19,191,505 grossed), followed by Catalonian production REC [trailer, film focus] (780,665 admissions and nearly €4.5m grossed) and the drama The Thirteen Roses [trailer] (589,338 admissions, €4,458,656 grossed).
This negative trend is expected to be offset at the beginning of this year with the release of Alex de la Iglesia’s eagerly awaited English-language film The Oxford Murders [trailer, film focus], starring Elijah Wood, John Hurt and Leonor Watling.