Highest admissions record of all time for Flemish films in 2015
by Aurore Engelen
- With over 2.25 million admissions, the 2010 record has been shattered by 150,000 viewers (+7%); FC de Kampioenen 2 leads the pack with more than 650,000 admissions
Flemish Belgian films hit a new all-time record in 2015, with more than 150,000 (+7%) additional viewers compared to the previous record, which dated from 2010, when almost 2.1 million tickets were sold. At the time, people thought they had reached the ceiling. But compared to the 2.045 million admissions recorded in 2014, the latest figures are up by 10% (+205,000 viewers).
Despite a number of adverse external factors, such as the very mild autumn and the terrorist threat that resulted in a fall in overall attendance levels in cinemas, the year ended on a positive note for Flemish films. Six titles released at the end of 2015 each racked up more than 100,000 viewers to 31 December. The list is topped by FC De Kampioenen 2: Jubilee General [+see also:
film profile], which drew in over 650,000 viewers in Belgian – or rather Flemish – theatres. It was thus a clear success following the first opus, and by the by, the third instalment has already been announced as being scheduled for a theatrical release on 20 December 2017.Next comes Safety First – The Movie [+see also:
film profile], which was just shy of 300,000 admissions. Interestingly, these two movies are works spun off from successful TV series. It is followed by The Ardennes [+see also:
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film profile] by Robin Pront and Black [+see also:
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film profile] by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, two titles that we would be within our rights to label more as arthouse films, and which comfortably broke through the 150,000 mark. Ay Ramon! [+see also:
film profile] by Stijn Coninx, another box-office champ, also managed to exceed the 100,000-admissions threshold, despite a release date that could have been disastrous for it, as it came out the same day as FC de Kampioenen. The final film in the top six is Wat mannen willen [+see also:
film profile], the feature debut by actor Filip Peeters, which was also hovering around the 100,000-admissions mark on 31 December. As for co-productions, Jaco Van Dormael’s The Brand New Testament [+see also:
interview: Jaco van Dormael
film profile] performed the strongest, enticing in over 280,000 viewers.
(Translated from French)
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