The European field workplace nonetheless hasn’t recovered from COVID-19.
Figures launched by the European Audiovisual Observatory on Thursday present that 2021 theatrical income throughout the European Union and the U.Ok., whereas ticking up in comparison with 2020, was nonetheless sharply down in contrast with pre-pandemic ranges.
Gross field workplace receipts grew 38.2 % year-on-year to an estimated $3.05 billion (€2.9 billion) throughout the area in 2021, the group stated, however that was nonetheless a 59 % drop from the common annual income recorded within the pre-pandemic interval between 2017 and 2019. Cinema attendance within the EU and the U.Ok., at 394 million tickets bought for the complete 12 months, amounted to simply 40 % of the pre-pandemic common.
Audiences that did return to cinemas got here again for the Hollywood blockbusters. Sony’s superhero film Spider Man: No Way Home and the MGM/Universal Pictures launch No Time to Die, the most recent within the evergreen James Bond franchise, topped the European field workplace charts. No Time to Die bought 34 million tickets within the EU and the U.Ok., in contrast with 27 million for Spider-Man. Only three different motion pictures managed greater than 10 million admissions in Europe final 12 months, all of them U.S. studio titles: the Warner Bros./Legendary launch Dune (14.3 million), Universal’s Fast and Furious 9 (12.1 million) and Sony’s Venom: Let There Be Carnage (10.5 million).
European motion pictures accounted for simply 26.5 % of complete admissions, down from 39.5 % in 2020 (when the U.S. studios shelved their movies to attend out COVID). Aside from No Time to Die, which was a U.Ok.-U.S. co-production, solely 4 European motion pictures bought greater than 2 million tickets final 12 months: the French comedy Kaamelott – Premier volet (2.8 million), British psychological drama The Father (2.4 million), French crime thriller BAC Nord, aka The Stronghold (2.2 million), and Danish dramedy Another Round (2.2 million). Together, they didn’t add as much as Venom‘s European take.
A spike in COVID-19 infections in Europe final fall — pushed by the Omicron variant of the virus — led many nations to once more shut down cinemas or impose capability restrictions, which contributed to the field workplace hunch. With most cinemas throughout Europe now open and restrictions lifted in a lot of the area, attendance figures over the approaching months will probably be a greater decide of the lasting affect of the pandemic on the business.