2018 resulta ser el segundo año de mayor recaudación en cines eslovacos
por Martin Kudláč
- A pesar de los importantes resultados, las producciones nacionales fueron escasas y distantes en comparación con el periodo previo
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After a record-breaking 2017 (see the news), Slovakian movie theatres have enjoyed their second most successful year since 1993, despite a shortage of domestic productions. In contrast, the triumphant 2017 saw plenty of local fare screening in the dark rooms. According to the Slovak Union of Film Distributors, compared to the previous year, attendance levels fell by 11%, meaning that 5,964,768 theatregoers attended local cinemas. Total box-office takings stood at €33 million (a 4.3% decrease in comparison to the previous period), while the average ticket price rose to €5.54 (from €5.16).
The Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody [+lee también:
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The spike in the 2017 box office was attributed to domestic genre productions enticing 1,414,132 paying theatregoers, three of which ended up in the top five. Nevertheless, the most-visited domestic movie of 2018 ended up being a genre flick as well – the dance film Backstage [+lee también:
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Despite 2018 being a lacklustre year for domestic productions, 2019 is already starting to whet audience’s appetites. The thriller based on a real-life crime By the Sharp Knife (see the report), directed by newcomer Teodor Kuhn, comes out in cinemas at the end of February and shares certain attributes with the fourth most-visited film of 2017, Kidnapping [+lee también:
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The new distribution year in local cinemas has already got off to a flying start, as the latest film by Peter Bebjak, the thriller The Rift [+lee también:
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