Hollywood blockbusters boost cinema audiences in Spain

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DESPITE the ever increasing viewing offer on the small sceen, cinema audiences in Spain increased by a healthy eight per cent in 2019.

There were more than 105 million visits to Spanish cinemas last year, up from 97.8 million in 2018, according to provisional findings from the Comscore consultancy.

Global box office takings went up seven per cent to €624.1 million.

Madrid and Barcelona accounted for 19.6 and 13.1 per cent of cinema-goers respectively.

Valencia represented a further 6.2 per cent, Alicante 4.1 per cent, Malaga 3.79 per cent, Murcia 3.14 per cent and the Balearic Islands 2.8 per cent.

The Comscore findings were on the negative side for the home-grown film industry. Spanish-made movies attracted only 15.9 million spectators, a drop of 15 per cent. This was the worst figure for six years and the first time in that period that box office takings for Spanish productions failed to get up to €100 million.

Hollywood blockbusters proved to be the biggest pulls for Spanish movie-goers. Disney’s The Lion King was the biggest film of the year, with 6.3 million spectators and takings of €32.7 million.

Psychological thriller Joker was ranked second: it was watched by 5.1 million and took in €30 million.

Making up the rest of the top five were Avengers: Engame, Aladdin and Toy Story 4.

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Cathy Elelman

Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.

Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.

Her top goals are to do the best job she can informing the local English-speaking community, visitors to the area and the wider world about about the news in Almeria, to learn something new every day, and to embrace very new challenge this fast-changing world brings her way.

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