Country Focus: Spain
Spanish box office’s fall continues
by Sergio Ríos Pérez
- The Spanish box office is continuing on its downward spiral. In the first half of 2013, revenue amounted to a total of €229 million and 33 million overall spectators, respectively representing a decrease of 14.5% and 18% compared to the same period in 2012. Data is still unofficial as it is as yet unconfirmed by the ICAA (which has still not yet released official figures from 2012).
This fall is even starker if you compare it to the first halves of earlier years, 2011 and 2010. The difference is respectively of 26% and 30%. All in all, from 2010 to 2013, the box office lost €100 million in the first six months of years only.
The five biggest grossing films were American productions (mega-productions and sagas like The Croods, Iron Man 3, Fast & Furious 6, Django and Silver Linings Playbook). You have to wait for the sixth biggest grossing film to find a Spanish production Mamá [+see also:
film profile] (photo – just under €8 million), with the next national production only being found in 13th place I’m So Excited [+see also:
film profile] (a little less than €5 million in revenue).
After various bad box office weekends, it became clear that results were not going to reach the same levels as previous years. According to the calculations of Boxoffice.es, the average revenue of a release in Spain has gone from €3.8 million to €2.8 million in the space of two years. These figures call for reflection on the current distribution model.