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Film industry in Russia - statistics & facts

With 90 million cinema tickets sold in 2020, Russia is the fourth-largest film market in the world. Russian movie production started in the Russian Empire and steadily developed during the Soviet period. Modern Russian cinema has been evolving since the 2010s, seeing an increase in governmental support and popularity of state-sponsored and independent works among audiences. Russian films also significantly increased their presence in cinemas abroad in recent years, even though the number of Russian films distributed internationally decreased in 2020. The country had the tenth-leading box office revenue globally, amounting to approximately 300 million U.S. dollars in 2020.

COVID-19 impact on cinema in Russia

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic resulted in a global film industry revenue loss of 10 billion U.S. dollars in the first half of 2020. The Russian movie market also experienced a negative impact of the lockdown and physical distancing measures. In late March 2020, the country closed movie theaters and other cultural establishments to prevent the disease from spreading further. Cinemas saw a sharp decline in attendance, while film producers had to suspend their current projects. Considering the COVID-19 impact, the estimate for the Russian cinema revenue in 2020 was lowered from 58 billion Russian rubles forecast prior to the crisis to 34 billion Russian rubles. Moreover, the expected value of investment in film production decreased by 35 percent.

Returning to cinemas after the lockdown in Russia

Movie theaters gradually reopened in the country starting from July 2020, and by the spring of 2021, the number of open cinema halls returned to the pre-pandemic level. However, limitations on the audience count in each hall and other protective measures were still in place. As of September 2020, 45 percent of Russians stated they were very afraid or afraid to a certain extent of getting infected with the COVID-19 while visiting a cinema. Furthermore, when asked if they have visited a movie theater after the end of the lockdown, only one percent answered positively, while almost one quarter planned to do so.

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Film industry in Russia - statistics & facts

With 90 million cinema tickets sold in 2020, Russia is the fourth-largest film market in the world. Russian movie production started in the Russian Empire and steadily developed during the Soviet period. Modern Russian cinema has been evolving since the 2010s, seeing an increase in governmental support and popularity of state-sponsored and independent works among audiences. Russian films also significantly increased their presence in cinemas abroad in recent years, even though the number of Russian films distributed internationally decreased in 2020. The country had the tenth-leading box office revenue globally, amounting to approximately 300 million U.S. dollars in 2020.

COVID-19 impact on cinema in Russia

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic resulted in a global film industry revenue loss of 10 billion U.S. dollars in the first half of 2020. The Russian movie market also experienced a negative impact of the lockdown and physical distancing measures. In late March 2020, the country closed movie theaters and other cultural establishments to prevent the disease from spreading further. Cinemas saw a sharp decline in attendance, while film producers had to suspend their current projects. Considering the COVID-19 impact, the estimate for the Russian cinema revenue in 2020 was lowered from 58 billion Russian rubles forecast prior to the crisis to 34 billion Russian rubles. Moreover, the expected value of investment in film production decreased by 35 percent.

Returning to cinemas after the lockdown in Russia

Movie theaters gradually reopened in the country starting from July 2020, and by the spring of 2021, the number of open cinema halls returned to the pre-pandemic level. However, limitations on the audience count in each hall and other protective measures were still in place. As of September 2020, 45 percent of Russians stated they were very afraid or afraid to a certain extent of getting infected with the COVID-19 while visiting a cinema. Furthermore, when asked if they have visited a movie theater after the end of the lockdown, only one percent answered positively, while almost one quarter planned to do so.

Interesting statistics

In the following 6 chapters, you will quickly find the {amountStatistics} most important statistics relating to "Film industry in Russia".

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