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  1. Weekend: 1st–4th October 2020 Rank Title Weekend admissions % Change Screen count / Change Total admissions Week 1 Scoob! 2,536 -47.3% 59 -23 15,508 3 2 Mulan 1,226 -38.2% 41 -13 34,674 4 3 Greenland 1,122 -57.3% 25 -21 14,679 3 4 The War with Grandpa 888 -76.1% 24 -24 5,630 2 5 Tenet 806 -29.3% 17 -29 106,664 6 6 Vivarium 628 – 14 – 628 1 7 Il traditore [Italian] 475 -76.3% 8 -21 10,400 4 8 After We Collided 395 -71.8% 15 -9 53,976 5 9 El robo del siglo [Argentine] 357 NK 9 NK 51,498 13 10 Kaptein Sabeltann og Den Magiske Diamant [Nowegian] 316 NK 8 NK 31,467 13 Sources: https://www.grandmagazine.gr/ngine/article/5324/box-office-stin-korufh-ton-eispraxeon-ena-kolpo-argentino https://freecinema.gr/greek-box-office-come-december/ https://flix.gr/news/box-office-1-10-2020.html Cumulative admissions fell to an abysmal tally of 9,815. These are numbers no one has ever seen before and by far the worst since the end of lockdown (since ever!). There is little hope that anything will improve since, on top of all this, many major blockbusters are being pushed further back into the distant future. 'Scoob!' has now threepeated on top, 'Mulan' is back in second place and 'Tenet' achieved the smallest drop of the Top 10. Most films plummeted by more than 55% while the only new opener, 'Vivarium' couldn't have performed worse.
  2. Weekend: 24th–27th September 2020 Rank Title Weekend admissions % Change Screen count / Change Total admissions Week 1 Scoob! 4,808 -30.4% 82 -53 12,732 2 2 The War with Grandpa 3,710 – 48 – 3,710 1 3 Greenland 2,630 -56.6% 46 -38 12,241 2 4 Il traditore [Italian] 2,000 25.0% 29 -8 9,432 3 5 Mulan 1,984 -58.2% 54 -59 32,921 3 6 After We Collided 1,400 -51.1% 24 -19 53,024 4 7 Tenet 1,140 -60.2% 19 -23 105,256 5 8 热带雨 (aka Wet Season) [Singaporean] 1,103 – 6 – 1,103 1 9 Trolls World Tour 521 -11.8% 18 -7 44,595 7 10 The Roads Not Taken 410 -79.3% 10 -22 3,235 2 Source: https://flix.gr/news/box-office-24-9-2020.html https://freecinema.gr/greek-box-office-we-are-exhausted/ This was the third worst weekend since the end of the lockdown period, with 20,669 admissions. The only weekends with fewer admissions were the two first post-lockdown weekends in early June, with 12,070 admissions. 'Scoob' dominated for a second weekend with a decent hold. Another animated film, 'Trolls 2', also achieved a decent hold, as is common with kid flicks. Most other holdovers plummeted, with the exception of Italian film 'Il traditore' and 1974 re-release 'Chinatown'. Only two new films made it into the Top 10, 'The War with Grandpa' and 'Wet Season'. The second one was relatively more successfull, since its 184-admission per-screen average was the only one in the Top 10 above 100 admissions. Things look grim for the next few weeks (if not months), with another lockdown looming...
  3. Weekend: 17th-20th September 2020 Rank Title Weekend admissions % Change Screen count / Change Total admissions Week 1 Scoob! 6,912 – 135 – 6,912 1 2 Greenland 6,057 – 84 – 7,491 1 3 Mulan 4,752 -74.2% 113 -99 29,841 2 4 Tenet 2,863 -70.0% 42 -58 102,899 4 5 After We Collided 2,863 -65.1% 43 -27 50,806 3 6 The Roads Not Taken 1,980 – 32 – 1,980 1 7 Il traditore [Italian] 1,600 -56.9% 37 +26 6,520 2 8 Trolls World Tour 591 -75.7% 25 -19 44,098 6 9 Άγνωστοι Αθηναίοι [GR] 386 – 15 – 386 1 10 The New Mutants 375 -70.8% 13 -12 7,496 3 Source: https://freecinema.gr/greek-box-office-on-the-verge-of-another-lockdown/ https://www.grandmagazine.gr/ngine/article/5444/box-office-scooby-doo-stin-korufh-kai-sto-ba8os-mellon-skoteino Weekend admissions were 29,382 – the lowest since the start of the new season – thanks to a storm that caused severe damage and floods in many parts of the country and thanks to a coordinated campaign of terror by the government and the mainstream media regarding the "second wave" of the pandemic. 'Mulan' and 'Tenet' fell by 70%+ as did 'Trolls 2'. Even 'Il traditore' plummeted, despite tripling its screen count. 'Scoob!' and 'Greenland' were in a close race for first place. The formal 4-day weekend was won by the prior, but the latter won when taking into account previews. 'Tenet' reached 100K admissions and 'After 2' reached 50K admissions. Don't expect them to reach any other milestones. If the cinema crisis continues in the longer term, the financial viability of studios and exhibitors is gonna be in big trouble.
  4. Welcome back to the Greek box office thread! It's been six whole months since I last posted here. The Wuhan coronavirus pandemic has truly devastated us all. I have an unpleasant feeling that the box office will take years and years to fully recover. I'm worried we might even see some studios go bankrupt. Life will never be the same unfortunately, thanks to this manufactured crisis (no, I'm not saying the virus is manufactured, I'm saying the crisis is). Nevertheless, after six months, and with major releases starting to re-appear, it's worth having a go at returning to normality and hoping that we manage to put the whole thing behind us. Cinemas re-opened in Greece on the 4th of June. From then and up to the 27th of August, no film managed to score a single weekend above 10,000 admissions. Weekly reporting will resume with the weekend of August 27-30, which is when 'Tenet' was released. Weekend of 27th–30th August 2020 Rank Title Weekend admissions % Change Screen count / Change Total admissions Week 1 Tenet 28,442 – 162 – 40,230 1 2 Trolls World Tour 4,740 -48.0% 79 -23 31,633 3 3 The Apartment (re-release) 3,979 – 17 – 3,979 1 4 Figli 2,365 0% 15 +6 5,999 2 5 Radioactive 2,091 -49.5% 13 -4 8,383 2 6 La odisea delos giles [Argentine] 1,274 -36.4% 11 -5 17,682 4 7 Guest of Honour 1,250 – 9 – 1,250 1 8 El robo del siglo 877 +182.3% 7 +1 49,374 8 9 Capone 650 -85.9% 28 -36 7,455 2 10 Jungle Beat 610 +117.1% 10 -6 9,716 4 Weekend cumulative admissions: 48,496. 'Tenet' was the first high-profile flick to be released since March. Christopher Nolan doesn't deliver the mega-hits that he used to anymore. Perhaps its the choice of actors or its the lack of an intriguing storyline. Of course, this pic would've done better in normal times but it still opened far lower than 'Dunkirk' which was released exactly 3 years ago. In other news, 'Trolls 2' is lagging far behind its predecessor, which opened back in Novermber 2016 with 24,056 admissions and ended up with 99,384 admissions in total. Weekend of 3rd–6th September 2020 Rank Title Weekend admissions % Change Screen count / Change Total admissions Week 1 Tenet 17,990 -36.7% 129 -33 76,032 2 2 After We Collided 16,657 – 87 – 24,205 1 3 Trolls World Tour 3,836 -19.1% 55 -24 38,554 4 4 Sabrina (re-release) 3,468 – 13 – 3,468 1 5 The New Mutants 2,751 – 52 – 2,751 1 6 The Apartment (re-release) 2,021 -49.2% 12 -5 7,904 2 7 À bout de souffle (re-release) [French] 2,007 – 4 – 2,007 1 8 Si yo fuera rico 1,646 – 8 – 1,646 1 9 La odisea delos giles [Argentine] 887 -30.4% 6 -5 18,988 5 10 Figli 686 -71.0% 5 -10 7,677 3 Weekend cumulative admissions: 55,253. Five new release entered the Top 10, while the top holdovers performed relatively well. 'Tenet's' drop was good thanks to a Wednesday start last week. The film will definitely surpass 100K admissions. 'After 2' opened to less than half of its predecessor, which finished its run with 100,956 admissions after an April 2019 debut. 'Trolls 2' is in a similar situation, with a predecessor near 100K admissions and itself struggling to make half of that. Oh dear... Weekend of 10th–13th September 2020 Rank Title Weekend admissions % Change Screen count / Change Total admissions Week 1 Mulan 18,417 – 212 – 18,417 1 2 Tenet 9,539 -47.0% 100 -29 95,384 3 3 After We Collided 8,200 -50.8% 70 -17 44,694 2 4 Il traditore [Italian] 3,712 – 11 – 3,712 1 5 Trolls World Tour 2,431 -36.6% 44 -11 43,168 5 6 The New Mutants 1,284 -53.3% 25 -27 6,406 2 7 Sabrina (re-release) 989 -71.5% 10 -3 5,804 2 8 Le Mépris 771 – 2 – 771 1 9 Άλυτη [GR] 609 – 3 – 609 1 10 The Apartment (re-release) 603 -70.2% 6 -6 9,295 3 Weekend cumulative admissions: 50,364. 'Mulan' scored one of the lowest openings of all time for a live-action Disney film, on par with 'The Jungle Book' (20,488 admission), 'Tron: Legacy' (19,262 admissions) and slightly better than 'Alice 2' (13,083 admissions). Of course, it got nowhere near 'Beauty and the Beast' (57,900 admissions) or 'Cinderella' (44,917 admissions). This was despite an ultra-wide opening. Meanwhile, the 100K-admission milestone is guaranteed for 'Tenet', although it seems unable to get much further than that. 'After 2' will barely earn more than half of its predecessor's total, a fate that is yet uncertain for equally troubled 'Trolls 2'. The performance of every other film has been so dismal I can't be bothered to talk about it.
  5. Weekend: 27th February – 1st March 2020 Rank Title Weekend admissions % Change Screen count / Change Total admissions (by Sunday) Monday admissions Week 1 Sonic the Hedgehog 8,388 -47.7% 100 11 27,631 1,302 2 2 Brahms: The Boy II 8,199 – 68 – 8,199 1,518 1 3 The Call of the Wild 6,468 -46.1% 75 +12 23,763 1,327 2 4 Parasite [South Korean] 4,342 -61.1% 54 -11 132,166 834 20 5 Just Mercy 4,267 – 47 – 4,267 974 1 6 Χαλβάη 5-0 (Halwaii 5-0) [GR] 3,087 -61.8% 31 -19 220,040 784 5 7 Little Women 3,032 -65.9% 45 -19 73,099 499 4 8 Emma. 2,894 – 43 – 2,894 666 1 9 1917 2,632 -49.4% 27 -5 258,627 374 8 10 Die Heinzels - Rückkehr der Heinzelmännchen [German] 2,345 -65.9% 60 -10 22,032 499 3 Source: http://www.grandmagazine.gr/ngine/article/5111/box-office-sarakosth-sok-kai-deos-sta-tameia http://freecinema.gr/greek-box-office-now-that-is-scary/ Weekend 5th–8th March 2020 Rank Title Weekend admissions % Change Screen count / Change Total admissions Week 1 Invisible Man 12,029 – 85 – 12,029 1 2 Onward 9,042 – 119 – 9,042 1 3 Sonic the Hedgehog 5,381 -35.8% 77 -23 35,418 3 4 Brahms: The Boy II 3,533 -56.9% 28 -40 18,136 2 5 The Way Back 3,463 – 54 – 3,463 1 6 The Call of the Wild 3,027 -53.2% 43 -32 30,115 3 7 Η Μπαλάντα της Τρύπιας Καρδιάς [GR] 2,208 – 1 – 2,208 1 8 Just Mercy 1,867 -56.2% 47 0 9,459 2 9 After the Wedding 1,859 – 27 – 1,859 1 10 Dark Waters 1,474 – 22 – 1,474 1 Source: http://www.grandmagazine.gr/ngine/article/5118/box-office-aoratos-o-an8ropos-stin-korufh-aoratoi-oi-8eates-stis-ai8ouses http://freecinema.gr/greek-box-office-the-invisible-man-tops-but-the-audience-goes-invisible-too/ Coronavirus knocked on Greece's door (officially) on 26th February. This had an immediate impact on cinema attendance, since cumulative admissions for the weekend of 27th February – 1st March dropped to 57,466. The previous low for early late February-early March had been 74,192 admissions, back in March 2014. However, another factor was the Monday public holiday – in Greece the Monday at the beginning of Lent (7th week before Easter) is a public holiday called Clean Monday. Thanks to the good weather and the spectre of coronavirus, Greeks had many reasons to avoid cinemas. Admissions plummeted and all films aiming for some sort of milestone immediately lost sight of it. Notably, the weekend witnessed the 7th smallest photo finish since 2008: Photo-finishes (Top 2 within 1,000 admissions of each other, since 2008) #1 Admissions #2 Admissions Difference Weekend The White Crow 9,622 Le Grand Bain 9,606 16 13-16/06/2019 The Baby Driver 10,742 The Hitman's Bodyguard 10,677 65 17-20/08/2017 Doctor Strange 24,154 Trolls 24,056 98 03-06/11/2016 Captain America: The Winter Soldier 7,246 The Pirate Fairy 7,113 133 17-20/04/2014 Learning to Drive 4,864 Fantastic Four 4,729 135 13-16/08/2015 Olympus Has Fallen 19,266 Ακάλυπτος 19,084 182 21-24/03/2013 Sonic the Hedgehog 8,388 Brahms: The Boy II 8,199 189 27/2-1/3/2020 Scream 4 19,879 Rio 19,654 225 14-17/04/2011 Source Code 7,469 Rio 7,121 348 21-25/04/2011* Broken City 11,653 Olympus Has Fallen 11,283 370 28-31/03/2013 For a week or so, the official count of total cases remained less than 10. However, the following week they started rising by about 10 per day. Of course, I need to stress that these are official figures and, in reality, there must have been many more undetected cases. The box office took another hit, since not even two high-profile Hollywood releases could keep it afloat. Attendance dropped further to 55,559 admissions, With total cases having reached 100, the government closed schools and universities on 11th April and cinemas were closed on Saturday, 14th April, along with theaters and other businesses. No information has been published for the first two days of that weekend (12th and 13th Arpil). Cinemas of course remained closed this weekend as well and a curfew has been imposed (with certain exceptions) for 2 weeks, until Monday, 6th April. Therefore there will be another 2 weeks at least with no results. Hopefully this will all end soon.
  6. MEDIA Salles has published annual results for 2019 throughout Europe. In Greece, 9,570,000 admissions were sold. This represents a 2.3% increase from a dismal 2018. All numbers back to 1989 can be found on the first page. Here is a graph of the last 15 years: Since the crisis broke in 2008, one can see a very clear downhill trajectory (with a small uptick in 2009). After 2015, there has been a partial recovery and a plateau. Cyprus, for which 2018 results had not been reported last year, has enjoyed two consecutive years of big increases. 791,000 admissions were sold in 2018 and 860,000 admissions were sold in 2019. Cyprus had a big dip in 2013 due to the economic crisis, which precipitated that year. It dipped further in 2014 but has now fully recovered to pre-crisis levels. For up-to-date information on individual years and individual films, visit the first page.
  7. Weekend: 20th–23rd February 2020 Rank Title Weekend admissions % Change Screen count / Change Total admissions Week 1 Sonic the Hedgehog 16,044 – 89 – 16,044 1 2 The Call of the Wild 12,004 – 63 – 12,004 1 3 Parasite [South Korean] 11,166 -14.8% 65 +16 122,910 19 4 Little Women 8,894 -49.8% 64 -20 66,256 3 5 Χαλβάη 5-0 (Halwaii 5-0) [GR] 8,085 -60.6% 50 -26 213,466 4 6 Die Heinzels - Rückkehr der Heinzelmännchen [German] 6,879 -35.0% 70 -7 19,036 2 7 1917 5,203 -45.8% 32 -4 252,751 7 8 Ευτυχία (Eftyhia) [GR] 4,012 -46.6% 37 -6 655,439 10 9 The Gentlemen 3,703 -44.9% 23 -6 53,353 4 10 Gretel & Hansel 2,984 -67.6% 26 -26 17,862 2 Source: https://flix.gr/news/box-office-200220.html Openers were appalling. Not just the two embarassments at #1 and #2, but also 'The Aeronauts' and Greek film 'Apostratos', which failed spectacularly (2,835 and 2,230 admissions from 49 and 8 screens, respectively). 'Parasite' remains focused on its goal of 150,000 admissions, after another screen expansion. 'Little Women' dropped heavily coming off the Valntine's Day weekend. We could say 'Halwaii 5-0' is hemorrhaging at this point, while '1917' and 'Eftyhia' also dropped significantly despite small screen losses. 'Eftyhia' remains slightly behind 'Worlds Apart' at the same point in its run, despite a slightly bigger weekend. It would be quite disappointing if it ended its run a few thousand admissions behind the latter's total (669K admissions). Hopefully, it will move ahead, even if only for a few hundred admissions. Cumulative admissions for the weekend were slightly above 100,000. The box office is in desperate need of another hit, but next weekend seems like it's gonna be as dull as this one.
  8. Weekend: 13th–16th February 2020 Rank Title Weekend admissions % Change Screen count / Change Total admissions Week 1 Χαλβάη 5-0 (Halwaii 5-0) [GR] 20,546 -52.4% 76 -31 197,824 3 2 Little Women 17,702 -20.0% 84 +24 50,040 2 3 Parasite [South Korean] 13,108 +846.4% 49 +39 104,757 18 4 Die Heinzels - Rückkehr der Heinzelmännchen [German] 10,580 – 77 – 10,580 1 5 1917 9,592 -26.2% 36 -5 243,405 6 6 Gretel & Hansel 9,203 – 52 – 9,203 1 7 Ευτυχία (Eftyhia) [GR] 7,514 -34.3% 43 -11 647,368 9 8 The Gentlemen 6,722 -29.8% 29 -18 46,274 3 9 Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) 5,105 -61.9% 38 -59 30,118 2 10 Dolittle 4,498 -35.7% 62 -13 68,312 5 Source: https://flix.gr/news/box-office-13-2-2020.html For a third weekend in a row, Greek crime parody film 'Halwaii 5-0' topped the box office and is on the verge of crossing the blockbuster milestone of 200K admissions. However, it is not clear that it can reach 250K admissions. For now, it is focused on surpassing Greek comedy sequels 'Bachelor 2' and 'Bach3lor' (236K and 238K admissions respectively). It experienced quite a sharp drop, compared to its softer sophomore drop, which is an indication that it wasn't the couples' pick for Valentine's Day. 'Little Women' and 'Parasite' managed to satisfy the demand, though, with '1917' and 'Eftyhia' also playing their part. 'Little Women' had a very good hold, but when taking into account the screen expansion and the Valnetine's Day factor, its hold is a bit underwhelming. 'Parasite' managed an impressive comeback, but it still ended up selling slightly fewer admissions than last year's Oscar Best Picture winner, 'Green Book', on its post-Oscars weekend. Overall, it is aiming for close to 150K admissions by the end of its run. '1917' may have lost the big award a week ago, but it still managed a superb drop. 250K admissions is now guaranteed and, by the looks of it, it will manage to stay safely ahead of 'Halwaii 5-0' (thankfully). Fun little piece of trivia, it has overtaken 'The Favourite' (225,203 admissions), which was also a hugely hyped Oscar Best Picture contender. In the meantime, 'Eftyhia' is now only 1,100 admissions behind 'Worlds Apart' at the same point in its run, which also happened to be a Valentine's Day weekend. The film dropped 48% on the following weekend, so next weekend is 'Eftyhia's' chance to move ahead. 647,000 admissions down, 22,000 admissions to go... As for openers, the scene was as dreadful as it was boring. In fact, I can't even be bothered to report on it. Here's a chart of all Oscar Best Picture contenders and their (non-final, in some cases) totals: Oscar Films 2019 Title Total admissions Joker 904,988 1917 243,405 Once Upon a Time in Hollywood 232,159 Parasite 104,757 Little Women 50,040 Ford v Ferrari 43,358 Jojo Rabbit 31,253 The Irishman Unknown Marriage Story Unknown Authoritarian-minded Netflix refuses to report numbers for its own films. Although '1917', 'Parasite' and 'Little Women' still have some steam left, the list's rankings will not change from now on. Prediction for these three films' final totals: 270K, 150K and 90K respectively.
  9. Weekend: 6th–9th February 2020 Rank Title Weekend admissions % Change Screen count / Change Total admissions Week 1 Χαλβάη 5-0 (Halwaii 5-0) [GR] 43,120 -43.0% 107 -3 158,186 2 2 Little Women 22,124 – 60 – 22,124 1 3 Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) 13,390 – 97 – 16,149 1 4 1917 12,990 -17.7% 41 -21 227,378 5 5 Ευτυχία (Eftyhia) [GR] 11,429 -42.2% 54 -20 632,714 8 6 The Gentlemen 9,579 -36.5% 47 -10 33,643 2 7 Dolittle 7,000 -18.9% 75 -9 63,288 4 8 Pets United 6,891 +6.4% 54 -6 24,177 3 9 The Lighthouse 3,156 -33.2% 7 +3 10,411 2 10 Jojo Rabbit 2,942 -49.2% 22 -2 28,104 3 Source: http://www.filmboy.gr/2020/02/box-office-harley-quinn.html On another 150K-admission-plus weeekend, 'Halwaii 5-0' retained first place, mostly thanks to paltry competition. It didn't hold very well, but it also didn't drop too much. 250K admissions seem like a safe bet from now and even 300K admissions are not out of the question. As for 'Eftyhia', it is still closing in on 'Worlds Apart', as it is only 2,700 admissions behind it at the same point in its run. It had a relatively high drop, but Valentine's Day could potentially serve as a booster next weekend. It is now 36,000 admissions from its target, 'Worlds Apart's' 669K-admission total. The third main interest of the weekend, '1917', had a small drop and has again switched places with 'Eftyhia'. It achieved this despite losing a third of its screens, meaning that it increased its per-screen average compared to last weekend. Although the film didn't win Best Picture on Sunday, it is still being talked about a lot and is bound to endure for a while. Sunday night's winner, 'Parasite', sold 1,385 admissions this weekend, a boost from the 1,274 admissions of the previous weekend. With an 89,434-admission total, it now seems that the 100K-admission milestone is doable. As for openers, 'Little Women' was not as little as 'Birds of Prey', but both movies were smaller than what would qualify as success. Here is a list of films similar to 'Little Women'. I made it myself and I'm not an expert in the genre, so please point out any serious omissions. Comps for 'Little Women' Title National OW Release date Total admissions Multiple Pride and Prejudice 38,200 Wed 4 Jan 06 130,000 3.40 Mona Lisa Smile 39,000 Fri 30 Jan 04 130,000 3.33 Little Women 22,124 Thu 6 Feb 20 – – Hidden Figures 5,728 Thu 23 Feb 17 14,273 2.49 Lady Bird 5,696 Thu 1 Mar 18 11,890 2.09 Brooklyn 3,195 Thu 31 Dec 15 9,940 3.11 Testament of Youth Straight-to-DVD The totals for 'Pride and Prejudice' and 'Mona Lisa Smile' are my own estimates. 'Little Women' has opened in between the duds and the successes and its total is probably headed in a simialr direction. It was otherwise a quiet weekend.
  10. For some reason, Flix got many of last weekend's numbers wrong. Check out the chart for the weekend of 30th January – 2nd February 2020 for the correct figures.
  11. Weekend: 30th January – 2nd February 2020 Rank Title Weekend admissions % Change Screen count / Change Total admissions Week 1 Χαλβάη 5-0 (Halwaii 5-0) [GR] 75,671 – 110 – 75,671 1 2 Ευτυχία (Eftyhia) [GR] 19,762 -37.9% 74 -16 610,878 7 3 1917 15,783 -43.9% 62 -24 204,855 4 4 The Gentlemen 15,095 – 57 – 15,095 1 5 Dolittle 8,628 -47.1% 84 -28 56,457 3 6 Pets United 6,744 -23.0% 60 0 16,551 2 7 Jojo Rabbit 5,788 -47.2% 24 -10 22,665 2 8 The Lighthouse 4,722 – 4 – 4,722 1 9 The Turning 3,604 -68.8% 24 -31 22,748 2 10 Bad Boys for Life 3,128 -65.8% 18 -25 38,646 2 Source: http://www.grandmagazine.gr/ngine/article/5051/box-office-i-epelasi-tis-xalbais http://freecinema.gr/greek-box-office-local-comedy-halvai-5-0-explodes/ http://www.filmboy.gr/2020/02/box-office.html Discredited source: https://flix.gr/news/box-office-30-01-2020.html With another 179K admissions sold this weekend, the box office remains in booming mode. 'Halwaii 5-0' confirmed my fears, as it exploded onto the scene with 688-admission per-screen average and the highest opening for a Greek film since 'Worlds Apart' (95,343 admissions). There is of course no way that it will even approach the latter's final tally (669K admissions), since that film opened on the weekend before Christmas 2015 and capitalized the holiday period. Nevertheless, 'Halwaii 5-0' is a guaranteed hit, with 200K admissions very likely to be reached. It will need to hold very well in order to cross 300K admissions, but it is not out of the question. A more detailed explanation of why this film was very likely gonna be a blockbuster can be found in the previous weekened's analysis. In the meantime, 'Eftyhia' was not decimated by 'Halwaii 5-0'. To the contrary, it had a solid hold. At the same point in its run (7th weekend), 'Worlds Apart' sold 14,633 admissions, for a total of 616,444 admissions. 'Eftyhia' is less than 6,000 admissions behind, with a 7th weekend that is bigger by more than 5,000 admissions. The odds are now in its favour and without any major surprises, 'Eftyhia' should claim the title of the Biggest Greek Film of the Decade. If 'Halwaii 5-0' didn't manage to push it off the cliff, I doubt that there is anything in the near future that can. '1917' had a sizeable drop, but has now crossed the 200K-admission milestone. If it wins Oscar Best Picture next Sunday, it should get a boost, although I don't see it going much farther than 250K admissions. Most holdovers had near-50% drops, while 'Pets United' endured as the biggest animated film on the market despite competition from Russian animated sequel 'Sheep and Wolves 2' (2,869 admissions). As for other openers, 'The Lighthouse' scored an impressive 1,181-admission per-screen average. It says a lot that people would rush to see a black-and-white horror film with a 1.19:1 aspect ratio. It may be a minority that seeks such stuff, but it's an active one. Below the Top 10, 'Frozen II' dropped 47% to 1,599 admissions and has reached 320,514. Turns out it'll barely beat 'Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa' (323,607 admissions) to become the 4th biggest animated film since 2000. Finally, 'Jumanji 2' dropped 65% for a 1,162-admission weekend and a 91,009-admission total. It won't reach the 100K-admission milestone and it's only beaten its predecessor's total by 14%, despite opening 59% higher. [UPDATE 5th Feb]: Unfortunately Flix got many weekend box office figures wrong. All other box office websites agree on the corrected figures. I usually take the weekend figures from Flix because it is the first to report them, but they don't tend to be the most accurate. The numbers now displayed on the chart are the correct ones.
  12. @Joel M You should definitely watch Eftyhia. It's much better quality than previous nostalgic historical dramas.
  13. Weekend: 23rd–26th January 2020 Rank Title Weekend admissions % Change Theater count / Change Total admissions Week 1 Ευτυχία (Eftyhia) [GR] 31,803 -23.6% 90 -18 571,159 6 2 1917 28,110 -34.1% 86 -5 173,070 3 3 Dolittle 16,311 -27.7% 112 -12 43,823 2 4 The Turning 11,569 – 55 – 11,569 1 5 Jojo Rabbit 10,957 – 34 – 10,957 1 6 Bad Boys for Life 9,141 -23.0% 43 -2 29,492 2 7 Pets United 8,759 – 60 – 8,759 1 8 ...Για πάντα (...Forever) [GR] 7,488 -36.9% 46 0 127,139 4 9 Richard Jewell 5,002 -44.9% 39 -3 18,746 2 10 Jumanji: The Next Level 3,347 -47.8% 62 0 89,134 4 Source: https://flix.gr/news/box-office-23-01-2020.html Overall, 154,596 admissions were sold during the weekend in Greek cinemas, a drop from last weekend but still a decent total. January 2020 has been a big success, beating all previous Januaries back to 2012. 'Eftyhia' reclaimed the weekend's top spot from '1917', totaling four weekends in first place. 'Eftyhia' continues to soar, as it surpassed Greek comedy 'The Island' (549K admissions) and is days away from overtaking 'Skyfall' (580K admissions), to become the third-biggest film of the previous decade, behind Greek film 'Worlds Apart' and 'Joker'. The prior is in big trouble, as' Eftyhia's' momentum indicates that it will surpass that film's 669K-admission total. It is now less than 100K admissions away from that goal and, with a 30K-admission-plus weekend, achieving it would be a certainty, except... this Thursday marks the release of 'Halwaii 5-0'. If this film ends up being a success (more on this later), it could potentially eat into 'Eftyhia's' audience and prevent it from topping 'Worlds Apart', which it certainly deserves to beat. '1917' had another solid drop and it remains on course for a 250K-admission finish. The film is also potentially threatened by 'Halwaii 5-0' although it's hard to quantify the risk in any meaningful way. We'll just have to wait and see. With word-of-mouth for '1917' spreading quickly and with a lucrative awards season so far, chances are its box -office run will get boosted by an Oscar Best Picture win early next month. Holdovers generally enjoyed small drops, which is in part thanks to the week's weak openers (pun intended). All three openers that got into the Top 10 were very mediocre. 'Jojo Rabbit's' Oscar noms were clearly not enough to persuade people to watch it. It's not being talked about much anyway. Neither of the three openers achieved notable per-screen averages. As for last week's openers, 'Bad Boys for Life' had the best hold of the Top 10, 'Dolittle' also held well and remains in the lead, while 'Richard Jewell' is slowly disappearing into insignificance. Greek romantic drama '...Forever' has enjoyed a decent run, which is now coming to an end, while 'Jumanji 2', which had opened higher than '...Forever', has been falling precipitously over tha past weeks. This is the first weekend that it didn't drop more than 50%, although it came quite close. It may not even reach the 100K-admission milestone. Given that it opened 59% higher than its predecessor, reaching a total only 25% higher is a big embarassment. Now, back to the big threat. 'Halwaii 5-0' is a Greek parody film starring one of the most famous contemporary Greek stand-up comedians, Markos Seferlis. The title is a portmanteau which combines the words halva and Hawaii. Halva (or halwa) is a traditional Greek sweet, but it is also used in a derogatory way to signify a person who has gone soft and chubby. Hawaii Five-0 is an American crime drama TV series. This film is a parody of Hawaii Five-0 in which the owner of a big halva factory is murdered and the protagonist, a detective played by Markos Seferlis, has to find the murderer among 5 suspects. It is yet another Greek-made rip-off with a stupid, cheesy and cringey premise, but with Markos Seferlis in the lead role, I have already heard from far too many sane people that they plan to watch the film. I can see it opening relatively big, although holding power is a totally different story. We'll be here next Monday analysing the results. Fingers crossed that 'Eftyhia' doesn't get decimated...
  14. 'Eftyhia' was #1 during the weekdays, since it sold 29,318 admissions from Monday to Wednesday. Last week, it sold 40,249 admissions over the same three days. That's a 27% drop, which is better than the weekend's drop! The total has now reached 539,304 admissions, which means it just passed 'Endgame' (538,330 admissions) to become 2019's second-biggest film, behind 'Joker'. It also surpassed 'What If...' (531,447 admissions) to become the second-biggest Greek film of the decade, behind 'Worlds Apart' (669K admissions). If it achieves another 30K-admission weekend, it will already be at 570K admissions and I think 'Worlds Apart' will be in serious trouble.... '1917' sold 21,757 admissions from Monday to Wednesday. Last week, it sold 31,367 admissions over the same three days. That's a 31% drop. Although worse than the weekend drop, still very good. It is now at 144,960 admissions. It seems that this weekend will be another battle between the two for first place. 'Cats' and 'Jojo Rabbit' will be released, although I doubt they have any chances at challenging the above duo.
  15. Weekend: 16th–19th January 2020 Rank Title Weekend admissions % Change Screen count / Change Total admissions Week 1 1917 42,667 -13.2% 91 – 123,203 2 2 Ευτυχία (Eftyhia) [GR] 41,654 -34.2% 108 -5 509,986 5 3 Dolittle 22,569 – 124 – 22,569 1 4 Bad Boys for Life 11,878 – 45 – 11,878 1 5 ...Για πάντα (...Forever) [GR] 11,872 -37.5% 46 -20 111,933 3 6 Richard Jewell 9,079 – 42 – 9,079 1 7 Jumanji: The Next Level 6,408 -58.3% 62 -30 84,099 3 8 Frozen II 4,968 -37.4% 57 -16 314,996 8 9 The Grudge 4,708 -57.9% 27 -13 23,313 2 10 Playmobil: The Movie 4,508 -2.4% 33 -4 61,764 5 Source: https://flix.gr/news/box-office-16-01-2020.html This was yet another superb January weekend, with about 183K admissions. The new year and the new decade could not have started better. With the coming of the new year, I have decided to make a significant upgrade to the weekend box office chart: it will now include information on the screen count for each film! The biggest twist of the weekend was that '1917' managed to beat 'Eftyhia' for a first-place finish. The WWI heroic tale clearly capitalised the stellar word-of-mouth and the news of multiple Oscar nominations. How far can it get? Well, 200K admissions seem like a foregone conclusion at this point. 250K admissions are definitely doable and I can only imagine how much better it will get if it wins Best Picture on the 9th of February (imo, it's a serious possibility). On the other hand, 'Eftyhia' has not fallen out of favour with Greek audiences, making it apparent that the market can accommodate many hits at the same time. The Greek biopic is days away from beating 'Avengers: Endgame', to become the second biggest film of 2019, only behind 'Joker's' monstrous total of 904K admissoins. Reaching 550K admissions is now a done deal for 'Eftyhia'. The big question is whether it can beat Greek film 'Worlds Apart' for the title of Biggest Greek Film of the Decade. That film had earned 33,957 admissions on its fifth weekend and 549,101 admissions in 32 days. Overall, it sold 669K admissions. Interestingly, it also fell to second place on its fifth weekend. Since 'Eftyhia' is currently ahead of that film in weekend admissions, the race is now getting into the most crucial part. It will need to maintain sub-40% drops for at least another month (and probably some sub-30% drops as well) in order to give 'Worlds Apart' a run for its money. As for openers, thanks to the sheer number of screens playing 'Dolittle', it was the biggest opener of the weekend. 'Bad Boys for Life' however achieved a better per-screen average. Greek romantic drama '...Forever' rounded out the Top 5 and has become the first Greek film of the decade to reach 100K admissions. Further down, 'Frozen II' has become the 6th biggest animated film on record. I have decided to add 'The Lion King's' admissions to the chart, even though the data are an estimate and potentially not very accurate. According to Flix.gr, it had sold 390,000 admissions back in 1994, which would make it the biggest animated film on record. The actual number should be within 20,000 admissions of this estimate. Biggest animated films (since 2003) Ranking Title Total admissions Multiple 1 The Lion King 390,000* – 2 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs 384,829 4.79 3 Ice Age: The Meltdown 346,500** 3.73 4 Finding Nemo 340,731 7.47 5 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa 323,607 6.43 6 Frozen II 314,996 4.46 7 Ratatouille 312,019 4.46 8 Inside Out 310,104 4.94 9 Despicable Me 3 308,997 3.75 10 Ice Age: Continental Drift 305,445 4.50 *Estimate according to Flix.gr **My own estimate (should be between 335K and 355K admissions)
  16. Weekend: 9th–12th January 2020 Ranking Title Weekend admissions % change from last weekend Total admissions Week 1 Ευτυχία (Eftyhia) [GR] 63,261 -31.1% 428,108 4 2 1917 49,169 – 49,169 1 3 ...Για πάντα (...Forever) [GR] 19,004 -48.9% 86,525 2 4 Jumanji: The Next Level 15,351 -60.7% 72,283 2 5 The Grudge 11,174 – 11,174 1 6 Frozen II 7,933 -67.5% 308,601 7 7 J'accuse [French–Italian] 6,882 -50.0% 27,667 2 8 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker 5,065 -75.7% 234,053 4 9 Playmobil: The Movie 4,619 -58.4% 56,851 4 10 Spies in Disguise 4,614 -66.3% 46,580 3 Source: http://www.grandmagazine.gr/ngine/article/5010/box-office-eutuxia-sunexizei-na-epikratei-stin-korufh https://flix.gr/news/box-office-9-1-2020.html Last weekend the box office enjoyed another cumulative admission count above 200K admissions (204,259). This is in fact the second time that two consecutive weeknds sell more than 200K admissions during the 2019-2020 season: it also happened during the first two weekends of 'Joker's' release. Greek biopic drama 'Eftyhia' continues to soar, but it's not the only reason that the box office is enjoying a mini-boom. '1917' had a strong opening which reminds of 'Dunkirk's' opening from August 2017 (53,457 admissions). It is well positioned for a long run, with 10 Oscar noms and potentially good word-of-mouth. Back to 'Eftyhia', the film is guaranteed to reach the half-million-admission mark and 550K admissions as well. That means it will beat Greek films 'What If...' (531K admissions, 2012) and 'The Island' (549K admissions). We still can't say if it's gonna give 'Worlds Apart' a run for its money and for the title of Biggest Greek Film of the Decade. Fingers crossed... Meanwhile, last week's openers had rather sharp drops, although their high starting points meant that they're still contributing sizeable business to the tally. 'Jumanji 2' is days away from beating its predecessor's total, while '...Forever' will become the first Greek film of the new decade to reach 100K admissions. 'Frozen II' had a precipitous drop with the end of the holiday period. The all-time animated record has somewhat moved out of sight, although it will depend mostly on its staying power from now on. Animated films sell very few admissions on weekdays so it's hard to say whether it can even beat 'Finding Nemo' (341K admissions) at this point. 'Star Wars 9' is losing sight of 250K admissions and it may even finish closer to 'Rogue One' (191,209 admissions) than 'Star Wars 8' (298,770 admissions).
  17. Could someone post week-by-week comparison of Frozen and Frozen II ?
  18. Weekend: 2nd–5th December 2020 and Monday holiday Ranking Title Weekend admissions % change from last weekend Total admissions (up to Sunday) Monday admissions Week 1 Ευτυχία (Eftyhia) [GR] 91,782 -9.4% 311,600 19,831 3 2 Jumanji: The Next Level 39,049 – 39,049 8,894 1 3 ...Για πάντα (...For Ever) [GR] 37,195 – 45,240 7,785 1 4 Frozen II 24,377 -24.5% 292,976 5,161 6 5 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker 20,827 -59.1% 220,141 3,769 3 6 J'accuse [French–Italian] 13,762 – 15,304 2,618 1 7 Spies in Disguise 13,672 -24.3% 37,804 2,745 2 8 Playmobil: The Movie 11,096 -33.0% 48,894 2,314 3 9 Knives Out 5,798 -37.8% 98,665 877 5 10 Bombshell 4,163 -52.0% 15,578 667 2 Source: https://flix.gr/news/box-office-02-01-2020.html http://freecinema.gr/greek-box-office-eytyxia-is-the-winner-of-the-holiday-season/ The new year started on high note, with a whopping 275,953 admissions sold over the 4-day weekend, going up to 333,826 admissions when adding in Monday, which was a public religious holiday. The undisputable winner was Greek biopic 'Eftyhia', which dramatizes the life the most prominent female Greek lyricist of the 20th century, Eftyhia Papagiannopoulou. (Here is a very popular song written by her, as a remake recorded for the purposes of the movie.) Its third weekend is actually higher than 'Joker's' third weekend (90,571 admissions). It is also on par with the third weekend of 'A Touch of Spice' (est. 92K admissions). That film went on to become the biggest Greek film of all time with 1.3 million admissions. On the other hand, 'El Greco' had scored a 104K-admission third weekend but stopped at 767K admissions. 'Eftyhia' certainly capitalised the holidays but it remains to be seen whether it can achieve significant holding power to approach the nauseating heights of the aforementioned blockbusters. A closer target is the biggest Greek film of the past decade, 'Worlds Apart', with 668,892 admissions. That film sold 59,215 admissions on its third weekend, with a cume-to-date of 370,711 admissions. Up to and inlcuding its 9th weekend, that film hadn't had a single drop bigger than 40%. That's a tough feat for 'Eftyhia', but the film has clearly resonated with audiences and it has all the qualifications necessary to get there. There's still a long way to go, but it will certainly reach third place among the decade's Greek films. The decade's Top 15 Greek films can be seen in my previous post, which has been updated with the latest numbers and rankings for 'Eftyhia', 'Star Wars 9' and 'Frozen II'. Speaking of 'Frozen II', the film is already in the Animated All-Time Top 10. It is sitting comfortably at #9 at the moment and is, by all accounts, well-positioned to reach second place. Can it get to first place though? Whether it succeeds or not, one thing is clear by looking at the Top 10 list: Greek kids are obsessed with ice... Biggest animated films (since 2003) Ranking Title Total admissions Multiple 1 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs 384,829 4.79 2 Ice Age: The Meltdown 346,500* 3.73 3 Finding Nemo 340,731** 7.47 4 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa 323,607 6.43 5 Ratatouille 312,019 4.46 6 Inside Out 310,104 4.94 7 Despicable Me 3 308,997 3.75 8 Ice Age: Continental Drift 305,445 4.50 9 Frozen II 298,137 4.22 10 Happy Feet 295,500 5.17 * This is my own estimated but I'm pretty confident it's between 335,000 and 355,000 admissions **When adding 'Finding Nemo's' 3–D re-release, its total goes up to 368,841 admissions. 'Jumanji 2' surprised by opening 59% higher than its predecessor, which was released back in January 2018. Given that it has reached 50K admissions in 6 days, it should be able to cross the 100K-admission milestone easily and beat its predecessor in the menatime (that one finished with about 80K admissions). By the way, 'Eftyhia's' success is made even more impressive by the fact that it had competition from another Greek film, '...For Ever'. Directed by the guy behind the 'Bachelor' sequels (see my previous post on Greek films), it certainly did not disappoint in its opening and it should be able to approach 150K admissions if it doesn't drop hard. Despite being ahead of its immmediate predecessor last weekend, 'Star Wars 9' is now trailing that film by 30K admissions. The gap can only widen from now on. This saga ended on a low note, although Disney only needs to wait another 5 to 10 years in order to build up hype again for the franchise. I'm not concerned at all. Finally, 'Knives Out' is days away from the 100K-admission milestone.
  19. 2019 Summary & Recap of the decade 2019 Summary In 2019, an official total of 9,508,103 admissions were sold in theaters. However, a small number of independent distributors refuse to report their admissions. This includes Netflix. Opinions may differ on whether the theatrical window should shorten and whether cinemas and studios are right to oppose the parallel online release of their films, but, if anything, we can agree that Netflix's secretive practices and its contempt for long-held traditions of transparency on reporting admission figures is something that should concern us all. Back to the topic, 2019's admissions represent a 1.6% increase from 2018's 9,354,103 admissions. Therefore, 2019 ranks 7th among the last decade. The decade hardly ended on a positive note, although there were individual films that did very well and broke records ('Avengers: Endgame', 'Joker', possibly 'Frozen II'). However, 2019 has achieved a different decade record: the biggest Top 10 admissions as a proportion of yearly admissions**. 2019's Top 10 have sold 3,440,381 admissions. As a proportion of total yearly admissions, that is 36.2% (and it is gonna get much higher). That is a decade record, with 2012 and 2015 close behind. Risking sounding like Bernie Sanders, it seems that, while attendance as a whole has stagnated over the last decade, the... rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. **I should note that I have added the total admissions of the Top 10 films, even if they were released at the end of the year and thus even if they sold some of their admissions in the following year. This sum is divided by the total number of admissions earned during the calendar year of the films' release. Although not a perfect way to compare, I am being consistent by applying the same calculation to every single year of the decade. Top 15 films of 2019 Ranking Title Admissions 1 Joker 903,652 2 Avengers: Endgame 538,330 3 Ευτυχία (Eftyhia) [GR] 331,431 4 Frozen II 298,137 5 The Lion King 295,316 6 Once Upon a Time in Hollywood 232,159 7 The Favourite 225,203 8 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker 223,910 9 Captain Marvel 202,622 10 Spider-Man: Far from Home 189,621 11 Green Book 188,584 12 Toy Story 4 179,649 13 The Secret Life of Pets 2 165,851 14 The Mule 163,132 15 It: Chapter Two 154,781 *Films in bold are still in theaters. 'Joker's' run is basically over. For 'Eftyhia', the sky is the limit. 'Frozen II' is headed for around 350,000 admissions and 'Star Wars 9' is headed for around 250,000 admissions. Decade Recap These are the yearly admissions & grosses of the last decade: Year Admissions (millions) Gross (million euros) Average ticket price (euros) 2010 11.66 94.6 8.11 2011 10.84 89.2 8.23 2012 10.12 70.2 6.94 2013 9.01 59.3 6.58 2014 8.97 58.0 6.46 2015 9.81 63.4 6.46 2016 10.02 64.4 6.43 2017 10.08 65.0 6.45 2018 9.36 – – 2019 9.51 61.0 6.42 Due to the economic crisis that precipitated in 2010, Greece's cinema market received a big hit (in 2009, admissions were even higher at 12.29 million admissions) and the market has remained stagnant since then. The biggest failure of the decade has been 3–D. Just like in the rest of the world, 3–D share of total admissions has dropped drastically, making up 14% of total admissions in 2012 (1.5 million admisisons), while in 2019 it barely exceeded 1% (113,000 admissions). Greek films of the decade Greek films 2010-2019 Ranking Title Admissions Ranking 1 Ένας άλλος κόσμος (Worlds Apart) 668,892 2015 2 Αν… (What If…) 531,447 2012 3 Μικρά Αγγλία (Little England) 361,708 2013 4 Ρόζα της Σμύρνης (Roza of Smyrna) 356,983 2016 5 I Love Καρδίτσα (I Love Karditsa) 354,619 2010 6 Ευτυχία (Eftyhia) 331,431 2019 7 Ο Θεός αγαπάει το χαβιάρι (God Loves Caviar) 317,735 2012 8 Νήsos 2: Το Κυνήγι του Χαμένου Θησαυρού (The Island 2: Treasure Hunt) 299,295 2011 9 Bachelor 2 237,559 2017 10 The Bach3lor 235,553 2018 11 Καζαντάκης (Kazantzakis) 232,851 2017 12 Αιγαίο SOS (Aegean S.O.S.) 223,756 2018 13 Το τελευταίο σημείωμα (The Last Note) 203,615 2017 14 Τέλειοι ξένοι (Perfect Strangers) 199,516 2016 15 Ζητείται ψεύτης (Need for Lies) 189,340 2010 It is worth noting that Νήsos ('The Island'), the predecessor of 'The Island 2', was released on 29th December 2009, so it technically belongs to the previous decade although it sold most of its admissions during this decade. It sold 548,733 admissions in total. Director Christopher Papakaliatis is the clear winner of the decade, with the first two films of the list belonging to him and being far far ahead of any competitors. Pantelis Voulgaris owns the third biggest film, 'Little England', as well as the 13th ('The Last Note'). Other directors with two films in the Top 15 are John Smaragdis ('God Loves Caviar' #6, 'Kazantazkis' #10) and John Papadakos (sequels 'Bachelor 2' and 'Bach3lor'). Sources: http://freecinema.gr/2019-greek-box-office-in-review/ https://flix.gr/articles/decade-2010-greek-box-office.html https://flix.gr/articles/greek-box-office-2010-2019.html
  20. Weekend: 26th–29th December 2019 Ranking Title Weekend admissions % change from last weekend Total admissions Week 1 Ευτυχία (Eftyhia) [GR] 101,348 +96.9% 186,196 2 2 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker 50,873 -25.8% 183,401 2 3 Frozen II 32,297 +73.2% 258,088 5 4 Spies in Disguise 18,056 – 18,056 1 5 Playmobil: The Movie 16,565 +69.5% 33,202 2 6 Knives Out 9,316 +23.3% 90,237 4 7 Bombshell 8,677 – 8,677 1 8 Last Christmas 6,066 +22.2% 121,752 7 9 Midway 5,260 +18.5% 31,446 3 10 21 Bridges 2,253 +65.5% 21,752 4 Source: http://www.grandmagazine.gr/ngine/article/4983/box-office-meres-eutuxias-sta-ellinika-kinimatografika-tameia https://flix.gr/news/box-office-26-12-2019.html http://freecinema.gr/greek-box-office-eytyxia-brings-havoc-to-star-wars/ The past weekend, which was the last of the year, 262,925 admissions were sold across the country. This was the biggest weekend of the last 4 years, since the final weekend of 2015, when 'Worlds Apart' and 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' took the nation by storm, with a total weekend take of 295,060 admissions. It was also the 9th biggest weekend of the last decade (5 of them were in early 2010). Based on weekend admissions, 2019 finished 2.8% ahead of 2018 and 4.5-5.5% ahead of 2015-2017. Using the last four years' weekend-to-weekday ratio, my estimate of the year's total admissions is 9.5 million, which is close to the 9.45 million admissions estimate reported by FreeCinema. Overall, this means we had a slightly better year – exclusively thanks to 'Endgame, 'Joker' and, now it seems, 'Eftyhia' too. And what a weekend it was... I was expecting small increases across the board and big drop for 'Star Wars 9'. Instead, 'Eftyhia' nearly doubled and the average increase was around 50%. Only 'Star Wars 9' dropped, but even so, it was a much better drop than either 'TFA', 'Rogue One' or 'TLJ'. That being said, the particular day-to-day pattern of their release means that it is not possible to make an apples-to-apples comparison. 'Rise of Skywalker' is actually ahead of 'The Last Jedi' at the same point in its run (186K vs 181K admissions). However, TLJ's second Sunday was the 24th of December, which means it had still not been boosted by the Christmas break. 'Eftyhia' surprised with its humongous boost. The 100K-admission-plus sophomore frame is bigger than both 'Worlds Apart' and 'What If...', which are the two biggest Greek hits of the last decade. Both of them are directed by renowned Greek actor-director-screenwriter Christopher Papakaliatis. If we take into account Greek films from the previous decade, 'Loufa kai Parallagi: Seirines sto Aigaio' from 2005 (150K admissions), 'El Greco' from 2007 (128K admissions) and 'Molis Horisa' from 2008 (115K admissions) had bigger second weekends. Quite impressively, 'Eftyhia' has already surpassed 'Star Wars 9's' total, despite opening with 40,000 fewer admissions. 'Frozen II' has now officially surpassed its predecessor (234K admissions). It is now headed full-speed for the Animated Top 10 and the 300K-admission milestone. It will need to beat 'Finding Dory' (295,338 admissions) to achieve this. If it maintained the 8,000-admission daily average throughout the holiday period, it would get to 330K admissions on 7th January. Although such a total seems doable, it is hard to say if it can reach the 385,000 admissions required to claim the animated record from 'Ice Age 3'. In other news, 'Knives Out' is headed for 100K admissions and 'Last Christmas' has its eyes on the 150K-admission milestone. As for animated films, 'Playmobil' had a strong boost albeit from a very low starting point. 'The Addams Family' had a small increase (+5%) despite dropping from 41 to 21 screens, while 'Abominable' dropped 45% after losing 27 of its 40 screens. The latter is still ahead in total admissions (93,664 vs 88,850) but it remains unclear if either will reach 100K admissions. Today, Thursday, 'Jumanji 2' becomes the first wide release of 2020. Its predecessor sold about 80,000 admissions back in January-February 2018, so I don't expect this one to make waves.
  21. Weekend: 19th–22nd December 2019 Ranking Title Weekend admissions % change from last weekend Total admissions Week 1 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker 68,605 – 94,578 1 2 Ευτυχία (Eftyhia) [GR] 51,471 – 51,471 1 3 Frozen II 18,645 -39.5% 211,954 4 4 Playmobil: The Movie 9,774 – 9,774 1 5 Knives Out 7,557 -57.1% 74,882 3 6 Last Christmas 4,966 -38.0% 111,102 6 7 Midway 4,437 -63.0% 22,303 2 8 Abominable 3,036 -3.0% 89,277 9 9 Rémi sans famille [French] 2,604 N/A 12,725 6 10 The Addams Family 2,020 -52.7% 85,449 7 Source: https://flix.gr/news/box-office-191219.html http://www.grandmagazine.gr/ngine/article/4978/box-office-xekinise-o-polemos-ton-astron-gia-tin-kataktisi-ton-tameion The weekend's 178,910 admissions may not sound like that much but it is actually the fourth-biggest of 2019 so far. There is only one weekend of the year left, but thanks to the Christmas holidays it is possible that there will be an increase in admissions despite no big openers. I would bet on its staying level or slightly decreasing though compared to the one that just passed. Overall, 2019 will finish around 1.5% ahead of 2018. Since this is my estimate based on weekend admissions only, the actual percentage may be slightly different but the bottom line is that 2019 changed very little compared to 2018. It avoided the catastrophe of having the lowest attendance of the last 20 years thanks to two films: 'Joker' and 'Endgame'. Let's dive down into the specifics.... 'Star Wars 9' continued the declining trend of the franchise with most of the enthusiasm of the 2015 sequel having worn off. The opening dropped 32% compared 'The Last Jedi', although it would have likely been a smaller drop if it weren't for the Wednesday previews. The 25,973 admissions sold on that day were more than any other day of its opening frame. This certainly does not bode well for its long-term prospects. Based on the trajectory of TFA, TLJ and Rogue One, it seems that this one will finish between 200–250K admissions. Star Wars Title National OW Release date Total admissions Multiple Star Wars: The Force Awakens 137,128 Thu 24 Dec 15 446,258 3.25 Star Wars: The Last Jedi 100,121 Thu 14 Dec 17 298,770 2.98 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker 68,605 Wed 18 Dec 19 94,578 1.38 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story 60,213 Thu 15 Dec 16 191,209 3.18 Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith 40,500 Fri 20 May 05 143,000 3.53 Solo: A Star Wars Story 21,325 Thu 24 May 18 47,133 2.21 Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace – Fri 15 Oct 99 190,000 – Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones – Fri 17 May 02 120,000 – On the other hand, Greek historical drama 'Eftyhia' opened very impressively with more than 50K admissions. Word of mouth seems to be very positive. It's gonna make a lot of money and, in all likelihood, it will surpass 'Star Wars 9' in total admissions. 'Frozen II' had a slightly higher drop than expected although it has all the chances to recover over the holiday period. Although it should clear 300,000 admissions, it is hard to predict how much further it can get by the end of its run. 'Last Christmas' will probably get close to 150K admissions by the end of its run and 'Abominable', which seems to have won the race between itself and 'The Addams Family', is gonna cross the 100K-admission milestone before the holidays are over. Schools and universities are closed until the 7th of January in Greece.
  22. Weekend: 12th–15th December 2019 Ranking Title Weekend admissions % change from last weekend Total admissions Week 1 Frozen II 30,821 -43.9% 187,061 3 2 Knives Out 17,603 -31.6% 60,574 2 3 Midway 11,979 – 11,979 1 4 Last Christmas 8,009 -29.1% 103,177 5 5 Black Christmas 4,511 – 4,511 1 6 The Addams Family 4,272 -19.4% 82,811 6 7 Abominable 3,130 +22.7% 85,245 8 8 21 Bridges 3,069 -63.7% 15,924 2 9 La Belle Époque [French] 3,002 – 3,002 1 10 Dronningen [Danish–Swedish] 1,265 -44.4% 4,357 2 Source: https://flix.gr/news/box-office-12-12-2020.html The 94,722 people who attended movie theaters last weekend was the lowest number ever witnessed in December during the last decade. This year has truly been one of record-highs and record-lows. Elsa has done some clearly irreversible damage to the box office, which remains in deep-freeze mode. 'Frozen II' dropped more steeply than last weekend but it is planning to capitalise on the Christmas holidays, since there is no serious competition ahead. 300,000 admissions remains the goal, but we'll just have to wait and see: it could go higher, but it could also fail to get there. The long-delayed 'Midway' didn't make any waves and has few chances of staying afloat, what with it being bombarded by 'Star Wars 9' this Thursday. Other openers were of no interest. As for holdovers, 'The Addams Family' and 'Abominable' remain in a close race, with the prior leading in weekend admissions, while the latter leads in cumulative admissions. I'd give the latter a slight edge. 'Knives Out' and 'Last Christmas' remain relatively popular, but probbaly not for long. Next week, we will witness the one-two punch of 'Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker' and 'Eftyhia' (literally, "happiness"), another one of those perfectly-timed Greek historical dramas that come out just before Christmas. This one focuses on the life of the most important Greek female lyricist of the 20th century, Eftyhia Papagiannopoulou. It will undoubtedly get talked about a lot, but whether it can get people to sit down in a movie theater is a completely different question. I think 'Star Wars 9' will open bigger, but 'Eftyhia' could easily overtake it, by the time everything is done and dusted. In any case, neither is expected to reach the heights of 'Endgame' (540,000 admissions), let alone 'Joker' (900,000 admissions). TTFN – ta ta for now!
  23. Weekend 5th–8th December 2019 Ranking Title Weekend admissions % change from last weekend Total admissions Week 1 Frozen II 54,986 -22.1% 144,739 2 2 Knives Out 25,717 – 30,275 1 3 Last Christmas 11,298 -14.9% 88,709 4 4 21 Bridges 8,443 – 8,443 1 5 The Addams Family 5,301 -14.3% 77,956 5 6 Motherless Brooklyn 3,870 -56.6% 17,971 2 7 Abominable 2,551 -0.1% 81,378 7 8 Dronningen [Danish–Swedish] 2,275 – 2,275 1 9 Φαντασία (Fantasia) [GR] 1,533 -78.6% 13,472 2 10 Playing with Fire 1,492 – 1,492 1 Source: http://www.grandmagazine.gr/ngine/article/4943/box-office-i-eispraktikh-psuxra-sunexizetai https://flix.gr/news/box-office-051219.html With cumulative admissions (126,136 admissions) staying level compared to last weekend, 'Frozen II' achieved the third-biggest sophomore frame for an animated film, only behind 'Ice Age 2' (est. 68,100 admissions) and 'Minions' (63,470 admissions). 'Inside Out's' second weekend is close behind (52,231 admissions). This was expected and I believe that these good holds will continue throughout the holiday period. It is still has a long way to go if it wants to reach 300,000 admissions but 200,000 admissoins is guaranteed at this point. Meanwhile, 'Knives Out' was the only newcomer worth mentioning. It does have the potential, if it holds well, to reach the 100K-admission milestone, which, by the way, the 'Last Christmas' is days away from crossing. As for other hooldovers, the animated films once again registered the strongest holds, with 'The Addams Family' hot on 'Abominable's' heels. All in all, I doubt either film will reach 100K admissions, but they will come close. In other news, 'Joker' reached 900,000 admissions, which is its final milestone. Below follows a list of Greece's all-time Top 15 biggest films: GREECE ALL-TIME TOP 15 Ranking Title Admissions Year 1 Titanic 1,900,000 1997 2 Πολίτικη Κουζίνα (A Touch of Spice) [GR] 1,277,902 2003 3 Λούφα και Παραλλαγή: Σειρήνες στο Αιγαίο (Loufa kai Parallagi: Seirines sto Aigaio) [GR] 1,230,512 2005 4 300 1,210,022 2007 5 Safe Sex [GR] 1,200,000 1999 6 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 955,000 2003 7 Gladiator 950,000 2000 8 Avatar 939,804 2009 9 Troy 916,170 2004 10 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 905,000 2002 11 Joker 901,449 2019 12 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 830,000 2002 13 My Big Fat Greek Wedding 810,000 2001 14 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone 777,366 2001 15 El Greco [GR] 767,179 2007 NOTES: FreeCinema puts 'Titanic's' total at 1,208,373 admissions, which sounds outrageous to me. If the real number isn't 1.9 million, it should still be above 1.5 million admissions. For positions 2-5, FreeCinema has slightly lower estimates for all four films, but the order remains the same. Cine.gr says that 'Troy' reached 950,000 admissions, but FreeCinema's number (916K) seems more plausible. 'Gladiator' and 'LOTR2' are nowhere to be found on FreeCinema's list. 'Big Fat Greek Wedding's' number has been reported by at least two other reliable sources (ethnos.gr and CINEMA magazine). FreeCinema puts it at 857,926 admissions. FreeCinema says 'LOTR1' sold 782,709 admissions. I feel that this is the best I could do to get numbers that are closest to the truth. This chart will never be perfect, but if there are any glaring omissions or mistakes, let me know what you think. Depending on whether or not one includes 'Gladiator' in this list and whether 'Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers' actually grossed 905,000 admissions or slightly less, 'Joker' may or may not be in the All-Time Top 10. Regardless, 'Joker's' performance is something unparalleled. All films above 'Joker' on the list are either Greek films, Hollywood films directly related to Greek culture, James Cameron films or 'Lord of the Rings' films. For 'Joker' to get that high, it was a remarkable result. I have allso update the charts on the first page.
  24. Weekend 28th November–1st December 2019 Ranking Title Weekend admissions % change from last weekend Total admissions Week 1 Frozen II 70,587 – 70,587 1 2 Last Christmas 13,282 -29.6% 69,498 3 3 Motherless Brooklyn 8,915 – 8,915 1 4 Φαντασία (Fantasia) [GR] 7,158 – 7,158 1 5 The Addams Family 6,188 -53.1% 72,519 4 6 Ford v Ferrari (aka Le Mans ‘66) 3,199 -57.1% 40,900 3 7 Abominable 2,553 -57.4% 78,241 6 8 Joker 2,514 -63.4% 899,187 9 9 Parasites 2,323 -45.9% 69,117 8 10 Dolor y gloria [Spanish] 1,672 -58.0% 57,871 5 Source: https://flix.gr/news/box-office-28-11-2019.html http://freecinema.gr/greek-box-office-frozen-ii-rocks-fantasia-bombs/ http://www.grandmagazine.gr/ngine/article/4924/box-office-psuxra-nai-anapoda-ka8olou http://www.filmboy.gr/2019/12/box-office-frozen-2-animation.html 'Frozen II' brought a storm to the box office, but this weekend still managed to be the second lowest-grossing late-November weekend of the last decade (126,000 admissions). The icy spectacle did not manage to break any records, but this is understandable since most other animated films with bigger openings were released during the Christmas holidays or during the lucrative late-August/early-September period. 'Frozen II' actually only managed the 9th-biggest animated opening on record: Biggest animated openings (since 2003) Ranking Title Opening weekend Release date Total Multiple 1 Ice Age: The Meltdown 93,000 Thu 6 Apr 06 346,500 3.73 2 Minions 91,770 Thu 24 Sep 15 290,513 3.17 3 Finding Dory 90,356 Thu 1 Sep 16 295,338 3.27 4 Despicable Me 3 82,418 Thu 31 Aug 17 308,997 3.75 5 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs 80,337 Mon 29 Jun 09 384,829 4.79 6 Tangled 77,247 Thu 6 Jan 11 232,500 3.01 7 A Christmas Carol 72,323 Thu 24 Dec 09 175,456 2.43 8 The Smurfs 71,600 Thu 8 Sep 11 283,010 3.95 9 Frozen II 70,587 Thu 28 Nov 19 – – 10 Ratatouille 68,000-70,000 Thu 27 Sep 07 312,019 4.52 11 Ice Age: Continental Drift 67,836 Thu 5 Jul 12 305,445 4.50 12 Inside Out 62,766 Thu 3 Sep 15 310,104 4.94 13 Ice Age: Collision Course 60,312 Thu 14 Jul 16 214,994 3.56 However, I would expect it to have a much higher multiplier than other animated films, with the holidays approaching. I think 300,000 admissions are more likely than not; whether it can claim the animated record from 'Ice Age 3' remains to be seen. All other films except 'Last Christmas' were obliterated with the arrival of the snow queen. For the record, there is a slight issue with the film 'Richard Says Goodbye'. Two sites are reporting a weekend figure of 2,528 admissions, placing it at #8, while one is reporting 628 admissions and another one (which only reports the Top 10) does not include in the list. I won't spend any time trying to find out the truth, since it is a rather inconsequential issue. 2019's 11-month total is running 2.1% ahead of 2018, which finished with 9.36 million admissions. However, it is 5-8% behind 2015, 2016 and 2017, all which finished between 9.8-10.1 millin admissions. Based on these comaprisons, it seems that 2019 is headed for 9.3-9.5 million admissions.
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