Romania sees a steady increase in theatrical releases
- The number of European releases in the country shows an 80% increase when compared to 2013
The Romanian National Film Center has recently published statistics that show a steady increase in the number of releases in local cinemas: there were 228 movies released in 2016. In 2015, 217 new films came out in Romania, and only 192 came out the previous year.
The market share of European films has increased drastically over the last few years. Even if 2016 brought fewer European features to Romanian cinemas than 2015 did (69 last year, as against 80 the previous year), the trend over the last five years makes the popularity of Continental cinema plain to see: in 2012, there were 48 European releases in Romania, and only 38 in 2013. The market share of European cinema was 19% in 2013, 24% in 2014, 37% in 2015 and 30% in 2016. The market share of American films decreased from 62% in 2013 to 51% in 2016, with the lowest presence, 47%, in 2015.
Ro Image 2000, the local partner of Paramount and Universal Studios, was the most prolific Romanian distributor in 2016, bringing out as many as 48 movies over 52 weeks. The company was also responsible for the release of Paul Negoescu’s comedy Two Lottery Tickets [+see also:
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In terms of the number of releases, Ro Image 2000 is followed by Freeman Entertainment (the local distributor of Warner Bros films), with 31 releases; Intercom Film Distribution (Sony Pictures), with 20; Forum Film (Walt Disney Studios), with 18; and Odeon Cineplex (20th Century Fox), with 17. Other important distributors, many of them specialised in arthouse releases, are Cine Europa (17 releases), Independenţa Film (14), Transilvania Film (11) and Clorofilm (nine).
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