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13.9 percent less Tickets : cinema industry recorded the worst Figures for decades

So little Tickets, as they have been for decades - the number of cinema visitors in Germany has decreased in the past year dramatically. Still 105,4 million cinema-goers were counted in 2018. Thus, 13.9 percent fewer Tickets were sold than in the previous year. 2017 had paid 122.3 million people for a Film in the cinema.

Shortly before the beginning of the 69. International film festival this Thursday in Berlin, the sector recorded the worst Figures since 1992. At that time, of $ 105.9 million Tickets had been sold at the box office, the film promotion Agency on Wednesday with the statistics for the year announced.

state Minister for Culture Monika Grütters (CDU), drew attention even before publication of the exact Figures on the causes of the expected downturn: "This is a snapshot, the reasons are well known: there was a football world Cup and a hot long summer. Remember the cinemas immediately“, had Grütters, the dpa said. Add to that the competition from streaming services.

Not a Film made over four million visitors

Even the most successful films in the past year, none over four million visitors. This was succeeded by 2017, three movies. The leader was 2018 "Fantastic beasts: Grindelwald crime," with 3.6 million Tickets sold in front of "Avengers: Infinity War" (3.4 million) and "Fifty Shades Of Grey - Freed desire" (3.0 million).

Of the German productions lured "Jim button & Luke the engine driver" with 1.8 million Tickets sold, most of the visitors in the cinemas. On place two is also a children's film: "The little witch" wanted to see 1.6 million people in the cinema. Behind This stupid heart ended up with 1.4 million visitors.

The market share of German productions in the numbers of visitors remained at 23.5 percent, nearly stable (2017: 23.9%), however, the absolute number of visitors fell to 24.6 million (2017: 28.3 million). American movies attracted to 64.7 million people in front of the screens (to 2017: 75.3 million).

Rissenbeek wanted more support

The ticket prices did not increase in 2018, for now, after it was previously 14 years, and a steady Plus. The admission to a movie cost in the past year, an average of 8,54 Euro (2017: 8,63).

decreased While the number of cinema operators in order to six to 1171, seen in the industry statistics is a Plus in cinema halls and squares. Before 4849 screens 686 seats were in the past year, 795 (2017: 4803 halls with 789 279 Seats).

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The future of the Berlinale Co-Chief Mariette Rissenbeek wants more support for German films on the international stage. "German films to Festivals abroad, particularly good if you have a specific embossing or a specific topic to treat. Then, you will find an audience,“ said Rissenbeek on Tuesday evening in Berlin. The rental situation was not different than in Germany. "The distributors have more and more difficulty to get in a normal cinema to an audience that wants to see special films." (dpa)

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