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Film industry in Europe - statistics & facts

Europe is home to many of the leading box office markets worldwide. Known for its diverse, innovative, and dynamic cinematic landscape, the region has produced some of the most popular blockbusters and movie franchises of the past few decades. In 2019, Europe accounted for 23 percent of global box office revenue, second only to the United States. Similar to other movie hubs however, Europe’s film industry experienced an extremely challenging year due to the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19). With movie productions on hold and most cinemas closed throughout 2020, the industry is yet to recover, with some European markets emerging from the crisis much faster than others.

Film production and distribution

European film production continued its longstanding growth trend in 2019 when the number of feature films reached a record 2,421. Italy accounted for the largest share of production volume that year, and although its output could not compete with that of other leading film markets such as India or China, European production activity had visibly ramped up prior to the pandemic. Looking at cinema infrastructure, France, Russia, and Germany are among the European countries with the most cinema screens and sites to date. There has only been slight variation in the number of movie theater locations over the past few years, and while the dreaded wave of cinema closures has not yet hit the region, the pandemic’s long-term effect on cinema sites and operations cannot be fully assessed yet.

Box office in Europe

Box office revenue in the EU amounted to 7.2 billion euros in 2019, marking the second-most profitable year in its box office history. While 2019 was a highly successful year, revenues dropped by an estimated four million euros in 2020 due to the impacts of the pandemic. Without the UK’s contribution, cinemas in the EU grossed a mere 1.7 billion euros in 2020, with countries such as Romania experiencing year-over-year revenue declines of up to 80 percent. In a more favorable turn of events, the lack of U.S. blockbuster releases visibly shifted audience focus and interest towards European productions. The market share of domestic movies in Europe reached new heights, and in Turkey, domestic films made up 80 percent of box office revenues in 2020.

Cinema admissions plunge amidst the pandemic

Cinema attendance in the European Union and the United Kingdom plummeted to 294.7 million admissions in 2020. This figure represented a drop of over 70 percent compared to the previous year, a staggering decline brought about by cinema closures and other pandemic-related restrictions. As local coronavirus cases and regulations varied significantly across the continent, admissions plunged more noticeably in countries with stricter policies, such as the UK. Russia, on the other hand, remained among the top film markets worldwide based on ticket sales in 2020, thanks to the country’s early reopening of theaters in July.

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Film industry in Europe - statistics & facts

Europe is home to many of the leading box office markets worldwide. Known for its diverse, innovative, and dynamic cinematic landscape, the region has produced some of the most popular blockbusters and movie franchises of the past few decades. In 2019, Europe accounted for 23 percent of global box office revenue, second only to the United States. Similar to other movie hubs however, Europe’s film industry experienced an extremely challenging year due to the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19). With movie productions on hold and most cinemas closed throughout 2020, the industry is yet to recover, with some European markets emerging from the crisis much faster than others.

Film production and distribution

European film production continued its longstanding growth trend in 2019 when the number of feature films reached a record 2,421. Italy accounted for the largest share of production volume that year, and although its output could not compete with that of other leading film markets such as India or China, European production activity had visibly ramped up prior to the pandemic. Looking at cinema infrastructure, France, Russia, and Germany are among the European countries with the most cinema screens and sites to date. There has only been slight variation in the number of movie theater locations over the past few years, and while the dreaded wave of cinema closures has not yet hit the region, the pandemic’s long-term effect on cinema sites and operations cannot be fully assessed yet.

Box office in Europe

Box office revenue in the EU amounted to 7.2 billion euros in 2019, marking the second-most profitable year in its box office history. While 2019 was a highly successful year, revenues dropped by an estimated four million euros in 2020 due to the impacts of the pandemic. Without the UK’s contribution, cinemas in the EU grossed a mere 1.7 billion euros in 2020, with countries such as Romania experiencing year-over-year revenue declines of up to 80 percent. In a more favorable turn of events, the lack of U.S. blockbuster releases visibly shifted audience focus and interest towards European productions. The market share of domestic movies in Europe reached new heights, and in Turkey, domestic films made up 80 percent of box office revenues in 2020.

Cinema admissions plunge amidst the pandemic

Cinema attendance in the European Union and the United Kingdom plummeted to 294.7 million admissions in 2020. This figure represented a drop of over 70 percent compared to the previous year, a staggering decline brought about by cinema closures and other pandemic-related restrictions. As local coronavirus cases and regulations varied significantly across the continent, admissions plunged more noticeably in countries with stricter policies, such as the UK. Russia, on the other hand, remained among the top film markets worldwide based on ticket sales in 2020, thanks to the country’s early reopening of theaters in July.

Interesting statistics

In the following 5 chapters, you will quickly find the 32 most important statistics relating to "Film industry in Europe".

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