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Film industry : Significantly fewer cinema visitors

At the Start of the Berlinale little good news coming from the industry. The number of cinema-goers fell by 2018 to almost 14 percent, to 105 million, which is the worst result in many decades. One reason for this is likely to be the long, hot and dry summer, the football world Cup and the success of the Streaming services.

the turnover of The 1171 the German cinema company contracted by almost 15 percent, to 899 million euros. Similar poor Numbers, there have been last updated in 1992, the filmförderungsanstalt (FFA) in Berlin. "The cinema of 2018 was bad, because there is nothing to sugarcoat," says FFA CEO Peter Dinges. Especially the big audience hits were missing.

Not a single Film reached four million visitors in 2017, this threshold had done three productions. The best 2018 "Fantastic beasts: Grindelwald crime" (3.6 million visitors), "Avengers: Infinity" (3.4 million) and "Fifty Shades of Grey – Freed desire" (3.0 million) ran – all of US-productions. For comparison: "Fack Ju Göhte 3" sold in 2017 5.9 million Tickets.

decline of the German productions

The FFA was satisfied that the German Film market share in the shrinking business with 23.5 percent could almost keep. 24.6 million visitors bought Tickets for the first performances from local Studios. This is a decline of 3.7 million. The most popular is Jim button & Luke the engine driver "(1.8 million)," The little witch "(1.6 million) and" This stupid heart "(1.4 million)".

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in view of the strong financial support of this result is yet again quite sobering for the German movie industry: in 2018 the cultural and economic delivery volume adds up, according to FFA statistics on almost 446 million euros. Alone by the Federal government 189 million euros from tax revenues. The FFA supported the production, distribution and cinemas, with 79 million euros, derived from allocations to the film industry. In addition, eight film production companies of the Federal States contributed by each two-digit million sums.

More international productions with German grants

The promotion to producers flows only if targets for value creation are fulfilled in Germany or the Federal States. International productions can receive German subsidies – which is why U.S. Studios like to time in German film factories such as Potsdam-Babelsberg turn. The number of German co-productions increased by 2018 to 22 to 98, a new all-time high. The number of first-listed German films decreased from 233 to 228.

Generally speaking, the production of the film is considered risky business in the a few big Successes are usually a lot of economic Flops. Also, the FFA balance sheet shows that For the ten best-attended films of 26.3 million viewers and a quarter of all the guests paid. The 50 most successful productions have reached nearly two-thirds of the visitors. A total of 576 initial performances, this means that the remaining 526 movies just wanted to see a third of all guests and, therefore, many of their costs and funding will not import.

cinema tickets have become less expensive

Gratifying for cinema fans: for the First time in 14 years the ticket prices have increased. In the section of the entry cost with a 8,54 Euro nine cents less than in the previous year. In 2003, it gave the film a pleasure even for an average of EUR 5.70. The rapid increase since then, even the expensive 3D productions contributed. However, interest in it decreases, 2018 were sold for only around 17 million Tickets. This corresponds to a market share of 16.3 percent – the lowest since the 3D launch ten years ago.

it was Also gratifying that Despite the economic downturn, the number of cinema sites increased slightly in the 905 cities and municipalities, there are light houses. But the German citizens bought in the statistical section just to 1.27 Times per year a movie ticket. In other countries this rate is far higher.

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The full – time, the cinemas earn per hour is only 9,47 Euro-hardly more employees, as a ticket costs. The criticism of the trade Union Verdi has called upon the Concerned to protests "for living wages in the cinema" during the Berlinale film festival on Friday and Saturday.

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