Box office for local films tumbled 38% in Colombia in 2018

Screen | 5/26/2019 | Jeremy Kay
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Total box office in Colombia in 2018 fell 2% year-on-year to $151.73m while admissions climbed 2.4%, as local titles experienced double-digit drops, according to data issued by Proimágenes Colombia.

Box office for local films fell 38% to $4.79m, compared to an unadjusted $7.75m in 2017. The market share of admissions for Colombian films tumbled 43%, from 6% in 2017 to 3.4% (2.18m admissions) in 2018. Some 11% (41) of all films released in Colombia last year were local titles. There were three fewer Colombian films released in 2018, and the pipeline comprised 15 dramas, 14 comedies, 10 documentaries, one animation, and one horror.

Contrast - Films - US - % - Films

By contrast, films from the US over-indexed: 41% of all films released (148) hailed from the US and accounted for an 89% admissions share (53.2m admissions).

Admissions for all 360 films released in Colombia in 2018 reached 64.09m, climbing 2.4% from 62.61m in 2017. The number includes films shown in festivals and re-runs.

Cities - Medellin - Admissions - % - Admissions

Out of the all the major cities, Medellin (pictured) recorded the highest admissions surge year-on-year on 4.5%, climbing from 5.61m in 2017 to 5.87m in 2018. Admissions in Bogota increased 1.3% from 20.77m to 21.04m. Barranquilla recorded a 2.2% decline from 2.24m to 2.19m.

The number of admissions per capita across Colombia climbed slightly from 1.27 in 2017 to...
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