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Europe's disappointing 2002


- Asterix & Obelix 2 was Europe's best film but Hollywood recovered lost ground and a 71 per cent share of the Continental market

A report just published by the European Audiovisual Observatory for 2002 shows that European cinema failed to live up to its 2001 performance when it managed to knock the market share of American films down to 65 per cent. The Observatory collated data from 14 European countries that showed how European cinema lost ground last year, and Hollywood recovered, gaining a 71 per cent slice of the Continental market (close to its 2000 high of 73 per cent).
The most popular film of the year was the Franco-German co-production, Asterix and Obelix: Mission Cleopatra, with a total of 19.268.760 admissions, 14.6million of which in France alone. Just three other pan-European or US-European co-productions made it into the year’s Top 20: the UK-US Die Another Day with 17.908.951 European admissions; Red Dragon, a US-German-UK film with 9.660.819 tickets sold and the UK-US-French-German About A Boy [+see also:
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with 8.418.697 million.
The European Audiovisual Observatory is scheduled to publish a more detailed overview of European market trends in May, and will present its Yearbook at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival. A more in-depth analysis of European film markets will be out in July 2003.

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