Admissions drop in the first trimester
by Vitor Pinto
There have been almost 3.5m admissions recorded in the first trimester of 2006 in Portuguese theatres. Recently announced by the ICAM, these figures represent a drop of 16.5%, the equivalent to 690,000 filmgoers less when compared to the January-March 2005 figures.
These figures also correspond to a €14.71m gross, which marks a decrease of 16.25% compared to the €17.57m grossed in the same period of 2005. January registered the worse results – 26.6% fewer admissions (almost 300,000 filmgoers less) – February, a decrease of 9.4% (115,000 less), while the month of March lost 276,000 filmgoers (a 24.6% decrease).
The most successful title at the box office was Steven Spielberg's Munich, which garnered 239,849 admissions and grossed over €1m. Though the Top 20 is dominated by US productions, three European titles emerge: Woody Allen's acclaimed British title Match Point takes third position with 202,980 admissions and an €885,032 gross, Joe Wright's Pride and Prejudice [+see also:
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