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BOX OFFICE Romania

2017 sees an 8.65% increase in box-office earnings in Romania

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- The year ended with a total of circa 13.8 million admissions in local cinemas

2017 sees an 8.65% increase in box-office earnings in Romania
Octav by Serge Ioan Celibidachi

The Romanian film industry ended 2017 with total earnings amounting to approximately €58.46 million, which equates to an 8.65% growth over 2016's figures (€53.8 million), according to definitive statistics announced by the Romanian National Film Center. The number of admissions increased by 6.47%, from 13,033,687 in 2016 to 13,877,470. 

The most popular film of the year was Fast and Furious 8, with circa 677,000 admissions. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales followed hot on its heels, with 412,000 admissions. Fifty Shades Darker (367,000 admissions), Thor: Ragnarok (348,000) and Beauty and the Beast (303,000) round off the year’s top five.

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As for European productions, Romanians rooted for Dunkirk [+see also:
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 (164,000 admissions) and a host of animations: Leap! [+see also:
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 (99,000 admissions), The Son of Bigfoot [+see also:
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 (85,000) and Happy Family (77,000). 1.41 million Romanians paid for a ticket to a European film showing in a local cinema, a significant increase from the 1,065,000 admissions recorded in 2016. The market share of European productions increased from 8.17% in 2016 to 10.20% last year, while the market share for American films decreased slightly from 85.65% to 83.95%.

Romanian films fared much worse in 2017 than they did in 2016, racking up a total of 281,000 admissions last year, as against 428,000 in 2016. The market share of local productions dropped from 3.52% in 2016 to 2.19% last year. The year’s most popular domestic release was Serge Ioan Celibidachi’s Octav [+see also:
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, with 57,800 admissions. Iura Luncaşu’s Unlucky [+see also:
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 followed, with 53,900 admissions. The top five was completed by Nae Caranfil’s 6.9 on the Richter Scale [+see also:
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 (32,800 admissions), Daniel Sandu’s One Step Behind the Seraphim [+see also:
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 (32,500) and Călin Peter Netzer’s Berlinale-selected Ana, Mon Amour [+see also:
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 (29,100).

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