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Country Focus: Romania

Romanian box office grows 19% in the first semester

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Romanian box office grows 19% in the first semester

- The Romanian box office has seen approximately 19% growth this year, both in terms of admissions and earnings, according to the country’s leading film website, Cinemagia. During the first six months of 2015, approximately 5.45 million tickets were sold in local cinemas, with total earnings of €22.8 million.

The significant increase is partly attributed to the immense popularity of Furious 7, which became the most successful release in Romania since Titanic with 650,000 tickets sold to watch the film on the big screen. The Universal Pictures hit was followed by Fifty Shades of Grey (317,000 admissions) and The Avengers: Age of Ultron (233,000 admissions).

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The most popular Romanian release was Radu Jude’s Aferim! [+see also:
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, which received the Silver Bear for Best Director at this year’s Berlinale and prompted a healthy debate regarding the status of the ethnic Roma population in contemporary Romania. The Hi Film production generated 72,000 admissions, while Tudor Giurgiu’s politically charged Why Me? [+see also:
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]
followed with 58,000 admissions. In the yearly top, these figures placed the two films at 35th and 41st place, respectively.

Other Romanian films have not fared as well, despite being hailed by critics. Corneliu Porumboiu’s The Treasure [+see also:
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interview: Corneliu Porumboiu
interview: Corneliu Porumboiu
film profile
]
, for example, sold only 8,900 tickets in five weeks.

The most popular European release was EuropaCorp-produced Taken 3, with 197,000 admissions, followed by The Imitation Game [+see also:
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]
, with 65,000 admissions.

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