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Romanian box office grows by 14% in the first semester

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- The most popular domestic release was Cristian Mungiu's Graduation

Romanian box office grows by 14% in the first semester
Graduation by Cristian Mungiu

The Romanian box office has seen growth of approximately 14% this year in terms of admissions, according to the country’s leading film website, Cinemagia. The increase in earnings is slightly bigger, at 14.35%, which is explained by the rising number of 3D releases and the opening of a second IMAX cinema in the city of Timişoara. During the first six months of 2016, approximately 6.08 million tickets were sold in local cinemas, raking in total earnings of €26.2 million.

The Jungle Book, Deadpool, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Dirty Grandpa were the only four releases to generate more than 300,000 admissions. 2016 has so far been lacking in juggernauts like Furious 7 (650,000 admissions in 2015), but this was compensated for by a bigger number of releases that took more than 200,000 admissions: only four did so in the first semester of 2015, but as many as nine managed the feat this year.

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The average ticket price increased from €4.22 in 2015 to €4.33 in 2016. 

The most impressive domestic release was Cristian Mungiu's Graduation [+see also:
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, which was brought out in Romania simultaneously with the film's world premiere at Cannes. Released on 40 screens all over the country, Graduation was seen by more than 47,000 Romanians, which makes 2016 a less impressive year in terms of domestic releases, when compared to Radu Jude's Aferim! [+see also:
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interview: Radu Jude
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(77,000 admissions) and Tudor Giurgiu's Why Me? [+see also:
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interview: Tudor Giurgiu
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]
(65,000), both released in the first half of 2015.

Other domestic releases fared worse – for example, Adrian Sitaru's Illegitimate [+see also:
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interview: Adrian Sitaru
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]
(8,000 admissions), Marian Crişan's Horizon [+see also:
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interview: Marian Crisan
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]
(5,600), Cătălin Mitulescu's By the Rails [+see also:
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interview: Cătălin Mitulescu
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]
(4,500) and Ruxandra Zenide's The Miracle of Tekir [+see also:
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]
(1,500).

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