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European cinemagoing 2006 Logout

We have compiled a selection of facts and figures relating to films and cinema admissions.

Total admissions in the 25 member states of the European Union: 926m (+3.6% vs. 2005). However, the 2006 total is still approx 80m admissions behind the modern-times highs of 2002 (1,005m) and 2004 (1,006m).

Top 5 European markets by admissions:

1 France 188.7m (+7.6% vs. 2005)
2 UK 156.6m (-4.9% vs. 2005)
3 Germany 136.7m (+7.4% vs. 2005)
4 Spain 121.6m (-4.7% vs. 2005)
5 Italy 107.3m (+1.6% vs. 2005)
In the cases of both Spain and the UK, rising ticket prices and box-office grosses helped to cushion the year-on-year fall in admissions. Most European countries reported an increase in admissions vs. 2005, as Europeans returned to the cinema in 2006.

Overall top 10 films released in Europe in 2006:

1 Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man's Chest 44.7m admissions in 2006
2 Ice Age 2: The Meltdown 40.4m
3 The Da Vinci Code 39.5m
4 Casino Royale (excl. 2007) 26.1m
5 Cars 16.9m
6 The Devil Wears Prada 14.6m
7 Over the Hedge 14.2m
8 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion... (excl. 2005) 13.6m
9 X-Men 3: The Last Stand 13.0m
10 Les Bronzes 3: Amis Pour la Vie 11.2m

European films achieved an overall market share in the EU of 27.6% in 2006 (vs. 24.9% in 2005). French productions accounted for 11.1% of total EU admissions in 2006, while German films accounted for 5.1%. Improved national-film market share is a key growth driver in all cinema markets. Among European films distributed in the EU in 2006, the top 3 titles were: Les Bronzes 3 (11.2m admissions), Perfume (9.7m) and Volver (7.8m).

A total of 862 films were produced in Europe in 2006 (up by 47 from 2005).

Source: European Audiovisual Observatory, May 2007