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BOX OFFICE Italy

2005 closed at - 8

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2005 closed at - 8

A European trend (with the exception of the UK) was confirmed by the initial Italian data on 2005 supplied by Cinetel, which monitors 74% of all first-run screens. Admissions decreased 8.7% to 88.1m, with respect to the 96.5 recorded in 2004. Box office fell 8.1% to 523.2m euros (as compared with 569.4m euros in 2004).

Noteworthy, as always, was the low blow of "Christmas" titles. This year saw some real hand-to-hand combat between two Italian films: Natale a Miami (Filmauro) and Ti amo in tutte le lingue del mondo (Medusa), which topped off 2005 with a box office intake of 16.3m euros and 11.8 euros, respectively. Both beat out Hollywood blockbusters The Chronicles of Narnia (distributed by Buena Vista International Italia) and King Kong (distributed by UIP).

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The most seen film of 2005, however, was Madagascar (UIP) with over 3.5m admissions and over 21m euros at the box office. It is followed by Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, with over 3m admissions and over 18m euros grossed by the end of the year. An Italian film comes in at third place: The Tiger and the Snow [+see also:
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(Medusa) by Roberto Benigni, with almost 15m euros and 2.5m admissions. The Top 20 films include the Italian Manuale D’Amore (FilmAuro); UK hit Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason [+see also:
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(UIP); US/Spain/UK co-production Kingdom Of Heaven by Ridley Scott (distributed by Medusa); and Oliver Stone’s Alexander [+see also:
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, a France/Germany/UK/Holland/US co-production.

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(Translated from Italian)

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