Cinema attendance reaches all-time record in Estonia

Scene from "Frozen" (AP/Scanpix)
5/27/2015 10:29 AM
Category: Culture

According to Statistics Estonia, there were 2.6 million cinema visits in 2014, which is Estonia's all-time high since the restoration of independence. In the last nine years, cinema attendance has increased each year.

In 2014, there were 353 films screened in Estonian cinemas, 28 of which were Estonian productions, 157 from the US, 148 from Europe and 20 from other countries. The average price of a cinema ticket was 4.9 euros and the total box office of cinemas 12.8 million euros.

The most popular Estonian films in 2014 were “Nullpunkt” by Mihkel Ulk (43,000 visits), “Kirsitubakas” (Cherry Tobacco) by Andres and Katrin Maimik (20,000 visits) and “Risttuules” (In the Crosswind) by Martti Helde (18,000 visits). In 2014, Estonian films were watched in cinemas by a total of 123,000 people, or 5 percent of all cinema visitors.

Estonians' love for animations shows no sign of fading, as Disney and other US blockbuster animations continue to dominate the most viewed list. The most popular foreign films last year were “Frozen” (88,000 visits), “Rio 2” (74,000 visits) and “How to Train Your Dragon 2” (68,000 visits).

During one cinema visit, a visitor spends an average of 10.9 euros, nearly 8 euros of which are spent at the cinema and 2.9 euros on transport and other expenses outside the cinema. The total annual expenditure of cinema visitors amounts to 67.4 million euros. The expenditures of cinema visitors account for 27 percent of all the expenditures of the visitors of sports and cultural events.

There were eight full-length feature films and 12 full-length documentaries produced in Estonia in 2014. In addition to the full-length films meant for screening in cinemas, 44 short feature films, 85 short documentaries and 10 short animations were also produced.

M. Oll

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