Almost 60 million admissions taken at the Polish box office in 2018
by Ola Salwa
- The 59.7 million tickets sold generated PLN 1.123 billion, or approximately €255 million, of income
Last year saw a string of successes for Polish cinema. Besides various films winning accolades at the Berlinale and Cannes, Polish audiences were particularly eager to watch local films in the cinemas. In total, 59.7 million tickets were sold at the box office, which is a record-breaking number in the world of theatrical distribution, with the previous record being set in 1989. But there are yet more interesting data that prove that the Polish film market is still growing: local productions took over 19 million admissions, representing 33% of all tickets sold. What’s more, 15 films racked up more than one million admissions.
The top four spots at the yearly box office were occupied by Polish titles: Clergy [+see also:
interview: Wojciech Smarzowski
film profile] by Wojciech Smarzowski (5.183 million admissions), Women of Mafia by Patryk Vega (2.037 million), Planet Single 2 by Sam Akina (1.685 million) and Squadron 303. True Story by Denis Delic (1.516 million). The most popular foreign title was Incredibles 2 by Brad Bird (1.446 million), while the most-seen arthouse movie was Cold War [+see also:
Q&A: Pawel Pawlikowski
film profile] by Paweł Pawlikowski, which drew in 931,300 viewers.
The number of tickets sold in Poland has been growing for the last five years: 40.4 million admissions were sold in 2014, 44.7 million in 2015, and 52.1 million in 2016, while in 2017, the figure shot up to 56.5 million. It may be a tall order to top the 2018 result this year, but two epic films (The Messenger by Władysław Pasikowski and Polish Legions by Dariusz Gajewski), plus a clutch of additional Patryk Vega productions, should provide a significant boost. A number of other high-profile Polish movies are also expected to do well at the box office – namely, Mr. Jones [+see also:
interview: Agnieszka Holland
film profile] by Agnieszka Holland, Piłsudski by Michał Rosa and Dark, Almost Night by Borys Lankosz.
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