Czech box office down by 55%
- Local cinemas have yet to bounce back following the disruption caused by COVID-19
Gross takings in Czech cinemas for the period January-May 2019 climbed to approximately €42,991,623 € (1,146,978,255 Czech crowns). However, the closure of theatres (one of the coronavirus-related preventive measures) from 13 March-10 May, followed by limited operations from 11 May-14 June, caused massive disruption to the local box office. Takings for the January-May period this year stood at just €19,260,590 (513,855,428 Czech crowns), according to the statistics made available by the Czech Union of Film Distributors. The Czech cinema market therefore plummeted by 55% compared to the same period last year.
The latest effort by Ondřej Trojan, Bourák [+see also:
film profile] (see the news), was the film that really helped to kick-start domestic cinema attendance again. After five weeks, the movie had attracted 43,975 theatre-goers (taking €240,684). Currently, the most-visited title in Czech cinemas is the third instalment in the domestic film series Bobule, 3Bobule [+see also:
film profile], directed by Martin Kopp, a summer comedy following a family of winemakers. The film has been seen by 108,438 viewers in total, now in its third week, grossing €622,091 in all. Aiming to help to boost ticket sales, the producers are providing a “4D experience”, with theatre-goers getting a small bottle of wine with their ticket in selected cinemas.
The second-most-visited film is also a domestic production, the documentary Caught in the Net [+see also:
film profile] by Barbora Chalupová and Vít Klusák, which already topped the domestic box office after the cinemas re-opened in May (see the news). The documentary is being re-released as an uncensored version, Caught in the Net 18+, the third cut of the title (the first being the original distribution cut, not suitable for people under 15, and the second being the “softcore”, shortened version for schools, Caught in the Net: Behind School).
The makers of the documentary, which maps the online abuse of minors, reached this decision after discussions with viewers and sexologists, and the aim is to demonstrate exactly what children are facing online. While the explicit scenes are no longer blurred, the faces of the perpetrators remain obscured. The censored theatrical version landed in the sixth spot in the domestic top 20. It is preceded by a recent release from the KVIFF at Your Cinema showcase (see the news), the Czech-Slovak biopic documentary Meky [+see also:
film profile] by Šimon Šafránek.
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