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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.

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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.

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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.

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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...

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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.

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Weekend of 8th–11th October 2020

 

Rank Title Weekend admissions % Change Screen count / Change Total admissions Week
1 Scoob! 1,832 -27.8% 44 -15 17,607 4
2 The Peanut Butter Falcon 1,431 44 1,431 1
3 It Must Be Heaven 1,229 10 1,229 1
4 Mulan 1,029 -16.1% 34 -7 36,088 5
5 Le belle époque [French–Belgian] 902 NK 9 NK 12,383 33
6 Greenland 848 -24.4% 13 -12 16,197 4
7 Tenet 633 -21.5% 15 -2 107,905 7
8 The War with Grandpa 535 -39.8% 14 -10 6,503 3
9 Andrey Tarkovsky. A Cinema Prayer 469 3 469 1
10 Trolls World Tour 466 +206.6% 14 -8 45,567 9

 

Sources: https://www.grandmagazine.gr/ngine/article/5466/box-office-ta-8erina-feugoun-ta-epipeda-erxontai

https://freecinema.gr/greek-box-office-attica-expecting-the-30-per-cent-capacity-concequenses/

 

Weekend of 15th–18th October 2020

 

Rank Title Weekend admissions % Change Screen count / Change Total admissions Week
1 Unhinged 3,288 76 3,288 1
2 The Donkey King [Pakistani] 1,939 69 1,939 1
3 Scoob! 1,381 -24.6% 40 -4 19,248 5
4 Greenland 1,016 +19.8% 17 +4 18,221 5
5 Antebellum 764 34 764 1
6 Mulan 743 -27.8% 22 -12 37,206 6
7 Yakari, le film [French–Belgian–German] 635 43 635 1
8 It Must Be Heaven 500 -59.3% 10 0 2,095 2
9 The War with Grandpa 466 -12.9% 19 +5 7,145 4
10 The Peanut Butter Falcon 452 -68.4% 21 -23 2,242 2

 

Sources: https://www.grandmagazine.gr/ngine/article/5483/box-office-ekrixi-8umou-stin-korufh-boubh-amixania-stin-agora

https://freecinema.gr/greek-box-office-as-if-they-didnt-open-at-all/

 

Weekend of 22nd–25th October 2020

 

Rank Title Weekend admissions % Change Screen count / Change Total admissions Week
1 Unhinged 1,228 -62.7% 44 -32 6,069 2
2 The Nest 1,174 23 1
3 The Donkey King [Pakistani] 1,135 -41.5% 54 -15 3,345 2
4 The Secrets We Keep 1,046 44 1
5 The Secret Garden 876 64 1
6 Scoob! 819 -40.7% 42 +2 20,225 6
7 Greenland 500 -50.8% 7 -10 19,428 6
8 Mulan 434 -41.6% 20 -2 37,878 7
9 Antebellum 379 -50.4% 19 -15 1,786 2
10 Yakari, le film [French–Belgian–German] 337 -46.9% 25 -18 1,021 2


Sources: https://freecinema.gr/greek-box-office-on-the-verge-of-a-state-of-emergency/

 

Weekend of 29th October–1st November 2020

 

Rank Title Weekend admissions % Change Screen count / Change Total admissions Week
1 Come Play 2,263 46 2,263 1
2 Cats & Dogs 3: Paws Unite! 948 70 948 1
3 Greenland 531 +6.2% 8 +1 20,419 7
4 Scoob! 528 -35.5% 24 -18 21,160 7
5 The Nest 524 -55.4% 15 -8 2127 2
6 Unhinged 519 -57.7% 30 -14 7,358 3
7 The Donkey King [Pakistani] 470 -58.6% 29 -25 4,260 3
8 Gloria Mundi [French] 427 12 427 1
9 Der Fall Collini [German] 405 6 405 1
10 After We Collided 298 NK 5 NK 56,098 9

 

Sources: https://www.grandmagazine.gr/ngine/article/5518/box-office-apo-tin-katolis8isi-sto-lockdown

https://freecinema.gr/greek-box-office-we-re-not-playing-anymore/

 

During the above four weekends, the cumulative admissions sold were:

  • 12,401
  • 13,886
  • 9,655 (new record-low)
  • 7,833 (new record-low)

 

These were the last four weekends before cinemas closed. At the time the plan was to re-open on January 7. Yet, tomorrow is May 7 and cinemas are still closed. Greece is slowly and steadily descending into authoritarianism and totalitarianism. For obvious reasons, I was not interested in reporting on the box office at all during October and there has been no box-office news since. However, for completeness, I have decided to add the last four weekends before lockdown, since I had missed them in October. There is nothing really to comment on about individual movies. 'Scoob!' managed four first-place finishes in a row – whether that's an achievement in these times is for you to judge. The race between 'Scoob!' and 'Greenland' was mildly interesting to observe since they closely followed each other. This post will be followed with another featuring 2020's Top 10 list – the most depressing Top 10 list you'll ever see, for sure...

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Here is the long overdue list of biggest films in 2020.

 

2020
Rank Title Admissions
1 1917 260,434
2 Χαλβάη 5-0 (Halwaii 5-0) [GR] 223,962
3 ...Για πάντα (...Forever) [GR] 142,467
4 Tenet 108,986
5 Jumanji: The Next Level 93,213
6 Little Women 76,044
7 Dolittle 71,444
8 The Gentlemen 61,655
9 After We Collided 56,098
10 El robo del siglo [Argentinian] 51,996

 

The top three films were all released prior to the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The most successful film of the pandemic period so far has been 'Tenet' with 109K admissions.

 

Total admissions in Greek cinemas during 2020 fell by a whopping 67.3% to 3.1 million, compared to 9.6 million in 2019. This was a slightly smaller drop than the EU average of 69.2%. There was an identical drop (67.3%) in total ticket sales, with the yearly gross reaching 19.9 million euros, down from 61.0 million euros the year before. The only interesting development is that the market share of domestic films rose from 5.3% to 28.2%.

 

Cyprus saw an even worse drop (79.4%), with admissions falling to an abysmal 177K.

 

I have now updated the first page with all this information and some more.

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Greek cinemas are back in business! Admittedly, I'm a bit late with my reporting. Cinemas have been open since Friday, May 22, but I have been extremely busy as of late and haven't had time to catch up. Plus, the first few weekends were quite boring, since not much was happening. Seven weekends have come and passed since then and I will split the reporting into two: the first four and then the last three will be available in my next post – hopefully, if not today, at some point over the weekend, so that next week I  can resume my weekly posts. Let's go!

 

Weekend: 21st–23rd of May 2021

 

Rank Title Weekend admissions % Change Screen count / Change Total admissions Week
1 Nomadland 7,795 31 7,795 1
2 Soul 4,080 24 4,080 1
3 Πρόστιμο (Amercement) [GR] 2,293 8 2,293 1
4 Six Minutes to Midnight 1,087 5 1,087 1
5 È per il tuo bene [Italian] 594 4 594 1
6 For Sama 328 1 328 1
7 Wonder Woman 1984 271 3 271 1
8 Let Him Go 172 2 172 1
9 The Witches 169 2 169 1
10 Cats & Dogs 3 107 -88.7% 1 -69 1,128 2

 

Sources: https://www.grandmagazine.gr/ngine/article/5954/box-office-elpidofora-enarxi-me-nomadland

https://flix.gr/news/box-office-20-may-2021.html

https://freecinema.gr/greek-box-office-nomadland-and-prostimo-attracted-the-adult-audience/

 

Plase note that this was a three-day weekend, instead of the usual four-day weekend, since cinemas first opened on a Friday. Furthermore, only outdoor cinemas have been given permission to open. Multiplexes remain shut until further notice. This may explain some of the numbers we'll be seeing. Total admissions reached 16,930, which is better than last year's first post-lockdown weekend (12,070). A trio of not unusual options dominated the top of the charts: an American drama film, an animated film and a Greek film. None of them of course performed especially well, but nothing more was expected anyway. 'Soul' scored the worst Pixar opening ever – even lower than 'Onward's' 9,042-admission opening from March 2020.

 

Weekend: 27th–30th of May 2021

 

Rank Title Weekend admissions % Change Screen count / Change Total admissions Week
1 Nomadland 9,970 +27.9% 47 +16 25,140 2
2 Soul 6,589 +61.5% 36 +12 11,140 2
3 Honest Thief 1,958 20 1,958 1
4 Πρόστιμο (Amercement) [GR] 1,838 -19.8% 9 +1 6,205 2
5 Supernova 1,479 10 1,479 1
6 Martin Eden [Italian–French] 1,359 4 1,359 1
7 My Salinger Year 1,320 4 1,320 1
8 I vitelloni [Italian] 793 2 793 1
9 È per il tuo bene [Italian] 354 -40.4% 2 -2 1,356 2
10 Six Minutes to Midnight 172 -84.2% 1 -4 1,991 2

 

Sources: https://flix.gr/news/box-office-27-may-2021.html

https://freecinema.gr/greek-box-office-audience-looks-positive-movies-lack-of-interest/

 

Total admissions for the weekend reached 25,963 – numbers not seen since last September. Last weekend's top three all saw a screen expansion, but not all of them capitalised on it equally. 'Nomadland' remained in first place and almost managed to reach 10K admissions this weekend, while 'Soul' saw the biggest % increase of the Top 10 and has now almost achieved a 3x mulitplier. The fact that this film has been available on Disney+ since last December of course doesn't make things easier. 'Amercement' did not drop too hard, but hasn't really achieved a noteworthy performence either. No new films were of note.

 

Weekend: 3rd–6th of June 2021

 

Rank Title Weekend admissions % Change Screen count / Change Total admissions Week
1 The Croods: A New Age 7,143 25 7,143 1
2 Cruella 5,793 22 5,793 1
3 A Quiet Place Part II 5,753 25 5,753 1
4 Nomadland 5,213 -47.7% 22 -25 34,536 3
5 Ράφτης (Tailor) [GR] 4,616 23 4,616 1
6 Soul 4,011 -39.1% 21 -15 15,671 3
7 Μήλα (Apples) [GR] 2,839 7 2,839 1
8 Vivre sa vie [French] (1962 re-release) 1,260 3 1,260 1
9 Πρόστιμο (Amercement) [GR] 1,137 -38.1% 9 0 8,828 3
10 Le Jeune Ahmed [Belgian] 978 6 978 1


Sources: https://flix.gr/news/box-office-3-june-2021.html

https://freecinema.gr/greek-box-office-not-that-quiet-at-last/

https://www.grandmagazine.gr/ngine/article/5962/box-office-oloi-oi-kaloi-xorane

 

The weekend's total admissions amounted to 42,752 as we are seeing a slow but steady increase in box office traffic. The long-delayed 'Croods 2' opened with a third of its predecessor's opening weekend admissions, which had scored 21,987 admissions back in April 2013. 'Croods 2' notably achieved a better opening than Pixar's recent film 'Soul', which dropped hard but its third weekend is actually on par with its opening weekend. 'Croods 2' was not however the lowest opening for a DreamWorks animated film. These are the lowest five:

 

DreamWorks Animation (since 2003)
Title Opening weekend Release date Total admissions Multiplier
Turbo 7,681 Thu 18 Jul 13 42,935 5.59
The Croods: A New Age 7,143 Thu 3 Jun 21
How to Train Your Dragon 6,770** Thu 1 Apr 10 131,130 19.37
Megamind 6,460 Thu 16 Dec 10 44,094 6.83
Rise of the Guardians 4,485 Thu 29 Nov 12 24,065 5.37

 

**Opened on Easter weekend, during which most cinemas are closed.

 

'Cruella' scored the worst opening as of yet for a Disney fantasy live-action film. It even fared worse than 'Saving Mr. Banks' (5,998-admission opening in January 2014). 'Quiet Place 2' did not do far worse than its predecessor, which opened with 7,989 admissions in April 2018. That being said, it was an Easter weekend back then and the film actually increased on its second weekend – a fate not expected for its sequel. As a result, the original's 73,791-admission lifetime tally is completely out of reach for the sequel. Last week's #1 film, 'Nomadland' fell a steep 48%, but has achieved a sizeable 34K admisisons. Could it reach 50K admissions? Interestingly, two new Greek films have joined the mix, althouth they've failed to make any ripples.

 

Weekend: 10th–13th of June 2021

 

Rank Title Weekend admissions % Change Screen count / Change Total admissions Week
1 Cruella 2,796 -51.7% 17 -5 10,582 2
2 The Croods: A New Age 2,566 -64.1% 16 -9 10,204 2
3 Tom & Jerry 2,546 21 2,546 1
4 Raya and the Last Dragon 2,355 17 2,355 1
5 Nomadland 2,030 -61.1% 19 -3 38,292 4
6 Μήλα (Apples) [GR] 1,767 -37.8% 15 +8 5,886 2
7 A Quiet Place Part II 1,758 -69.4% 20 -5 9,658 2
8 Seules les bêtes [French–German] 1,395 9 1,395 1
9 Soul 1,314 -67.2% 13 -8 17,120 4
10 Those Who Wish Me Dead 1,123 19 1,123 1

 

Sources: https://www.grandmagazine.gr/ngine/article/5983/box-office-o-astatos-kairos-mouskepse-tis-eispraxeis

https://flix.gr/news/box-office-10-06-2021.html

https://freecinema.gr/greek-box-office-its-raining-in-our-little-neighborhood/

 

Only outdoor cinemas are allowed to be open, thus the rainy weekend crippled box office admissions to 23,188 (a 46% drop). The competition for the limited number of screens has resulted in a bloodbath. It is probably the first time ever that the difference between the highest and lowest screen count in the Top 10 is only 12. In an unexpected turn of events, 'Cruella' managed to scrape past 'Croods 2' for first place. Both of them just about surpassed the 10K-admission milestone. In the meantime, the all-time classic animated franchise 'Tom & Jerry' scored a win against Disney's latest princess 'Raya', although both of them were pretty disappointing. The latter scored the worst opening for a Walt Disney Animation Studios film, with the exception –maybe– of 'Winnie the Pooh', which opened on Easter Weekend 2011 (its opening-weekend tally is unknown). With 'Nomadland' also dropping precipitously, the Top 5 were all within 800 admissions of each other.

 

Stay tuned for more...

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Weekend: 17th–20th of June 2021

 

Rank Title Weekend admissions % Change Screen count / Change Total admissions (up to Sunday) Monday admissions Week
1 F9: The Fast Saga 17,177 51 17,177 3,699 1
2 Promising Young Woman 6,788 18 6,788 1,201 1
3 The Croods: A New Age 6,035 +135.2% 35 +19 16,577 737 3
4 Cruella 2,537 -9.3% 18 +1 16,317 520 3
5 花樣年華 (In the Mood for Love) [Hong Kong] 2,335 5 2,335 1
6 Digger [GR] 2,084 3 2,084 495 1
7 Nomadland 1,616 -20.4% 10 -9 40,651 238 6
8 A Quiet Place Part II 1,615 -8.1% 12 -8 12,384 101 3
9 Tom & Jerry 1,474 -42.1% 9 -12 4,444 2
10 Soul 1,465 +11.5% 9 -4 18,724 230 5

 

Sources: https://www.grandmagazine.gr/ngine/article/6001/box-office-anakampsi-eispraxeon-se-ru8mo-fast-kai-polu-furious

https://flix.gr/news/box-office-17-6-2021.html

https://freecinema.gr/greek-box-office-slow-and-furious/

 

Cumulative admissions for the public holiday weekend reached 49,972 (up to Sunday) and 58,116 (including Monday). The tenth addition to the 'Fast & Furious' series scored the smallest opening of the series – a hard pill to swallow. That being said, we don't have any numbers for the first film, although I doubt it would have earned less than 'F9'. In order to avoid the shame of being the lowest-grossing 'Fast & Furious film', it needs to surpass 'Tokyo Drift's' 115.4K-admission tally. As you may have guessed, this is no easy feat. All odds are stacked against it.

 

Fast and Furious series
Title Opening weekend Release date Total Multiple
Furious 7 137,711 Thu 2 Apr 15 370,599 2.69
Fast Five 93,377 Thu 5 May 11 222,232 2.38
Fast and Furious 90,900 Thu 2 Apr 09 230,007 2.53
Fast & Furious 6 62,021 Thu 23 May 13 181,682 2.93
The Fate of the Furious** 54,454 Thu 13 Apr 17 304,891 5.60
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw 42,858 Thu 29 Aug 19 139,228 3.25
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift 35,600 Thu 13 Jul 06 115,400* 3.24
2 Fast 2 Furious 26,000 Fri 18 Jul 03 152,000* 5.85
F9: The Fast Saga 17,177 Thu 17 Jun 21

*Total when they left Top 10

**Released on Easter weekend

 

In other news, 'Croods 2' doubled its screens and more than doubled its admissions. It's still miles away though from reaching a respectable tally. 'Cruella' on the other hand has fared relatively worse, probably because it is not the most family-friendly Disney live action fantasy film. 'Digger', a new Greek drama film achieved a 695-admission per-screen average. This would have been a successful number even during normal times, let alone after the virus's arrival.

 

Weekend: 24th–27th of June 2021

 

Rank Title Weekend admissions % Change Screen count / Change Total admissions Week
1 F9: The Fast Saga 9,801 -42.9% 39 -12 38,812 2
2 Monday 6,465 19 6,465 1
3 The Croods: A New Age 6,418 +6.3% 32 -3 24,242 4
4 Minari 4,013 20 4,013 1
5 Promising Young Woman 2,543 -62.5% 11 -7 12,819 2
6 Digger [GR] 2,503 +20.1% 4 +1 6,091 2
7 Soul 1,688 +15.2% 13 +4 20,856 6
8 Way Down 1,624 14 1,624 1
9 Raya and the Last Dragon 1,594 +13.7% 13 +4 5,559 3
10 Blue Velvet 1,476 6 1,476 1

 

Sources: https://www.grandmagazine.gr/ngine/article/6009/box-office-a-fast-and-furious-monday

https://flix.gr/news/box-office-24-june-2021.html

https://freecinema.gr/greek-box-office-they-did-like-monday-after-all/

 

This weekend saw 45,556 admissions sold across Greece, an encouraging number, but still nowehere near normal, even for the summer, which is classically the quiet season for Greek cinemas. 'F9' held relatively well, but with multiplexes still closed, its chances of reaching the 100K-admission milestone are very non-existent. 'Monday' managed to draw attention thanks to its being a Hollywood production filmed in Greece. Despite last weekend being a holiday weekend, this weekend saw several increases: 'Croods 2', 'Soul' and 'Raya', the latter of which has re-joined the Top 10, all saw small boosts. The DreamWorks sequel has so far been the winner of the season among animated films. Greek film 'Digger' also increased and managed to maintain a strong 626-admission per-screen average.

 

Weekend: 1st–4th of July 2021

 

Rank Title Weekend admissions % Change Screen count / Change Total admissions Week
1 Luca 20,432 65 20,432 1
2 Druk [Danish] 10,753 21 10,753 1
3 The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It 8,014 59 8,014 1
4 F9: The Fast Saga 4,714 -51.9% 33 -6 49,403 3
5 The Croods: A New Age 2,769 -56.9% 25 -7 29,794 5
6 Monday 2,398 -62.9% 13 -6 11,917 2
7 Digger [GR] 1,882 -24.8% 6 +2 9,260 3
8 Pierrot le Fou [French] (1965 re-release) 1,481 3 1,481 1
9 The Comeback Trail 1,105 9 1,105 1
10 Cruella 1,024 -22.2% 13 +1 21,540 5

 

Sources: https://flix.gr/news/box-office-1-july-2021.html

https://freecinema.gr/greek-box-office-luca-wins-the-top-spot/

 

Indoor cinemas have finally re-opened and the difference is measurable. This weekend, the first of the second half of the year, recorded 64,199 admissions, the most a weekend has ever recorded since that virus of unknown origin entered our lives. Pixar's 'Luca' was the major driver behind this as it recorded the biggest opening of the year so far. It scored far more than the openings of 'Soul' (4,080 admissions) and 'Onward' (9,042 admissions) and it was on par with 'Monsters University' (19,138 admissions) and 'Brave' (21,040 admissions). Its opening was also bigger than 'Coco' (16,667 admissions), but the latter capitalised on the Christmas holidays to achieve an 8.25x multiplier (137K admissions). 'Luca' will be lucky to reach 100K admissions.

 

Danish–Dutch–Swedish co-production 'Druk' (which means 'binge-drinking') outperformed 'The Conjuring 3' despite opening on a third of the screens. This was also the first weekend in a long time with more than one opener above 10K admissions. Depressing yet encouraging at the same time...

 

Despite the opening of indoor cinemas, last weekend's Top 3 all got crippled. 'Croods 2' had to deal with stiff competition from Pixar's new outing, while 'Monday' and 'F9' had to deal with the one-two punch of 'Druk' and the 'Conjuring' threequel. Greek film 'Digger' continues to make (small) waves and will soon cross 10K admissions.

 

This coming weekend sees the arrival of another Disney-distributed film, Marvel's 'Black Widow'. Expect it to reach even higher heights than what we've seen so far... 

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Weekend: 8th–11th of July 2021

 

Rank Title Weekend admissions % Change Screen count / Change Total admissions Week
1 Luca 21,467 +5.1% 83 +18 56,264 2
2 Black Widow 19,451 96 19,451 1
3 The Father 17,734 27 17,734 1
4 Druk [Danish] 6,548 -39.1% 27 +6 23,000 2
5 The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It 2,971 -62.9% 28 -31 17,509 2
6 F9: The Fast Saga 1,604 -66.0% 14 -19 54,562 4
7 Digger 1,507 -19.9% 9 +3 11,903 4
8 Monday 1,173 -51.1% 7 -6 15,627 3
9 The Croods: A New Age 1,030 -62.8% 9 -16 32,684 6
10 Drømmebyggerne [Danish] 587 17 587 1

 

Sources: https://freecinema.gr/greek-box-office-kids-rule-again/

https://flix.gr/news/box-office-8-july-2021.html

 

78,366 admissions were sold last weekend across Greece. Numbers not seen since February 2020. What came as an even bigger surprise was the second-place finish of 'Black Widow'. Although it beat 'F9' for the year's biggest live-action opening so far, it failed to beat Pixar's 'Luca', which got a screen boost in its sophomore frame leading to a bigger weekend than its opening. Despite opening lower than 'Tenet', 'Luca' scored a bigger second weekend – the biggest second weekend since March 2020. The Pixar flick is now the biggest 2021 film so far (beating 'F9') and, the way things are going, crossing the 100K-admission milestone has become a lot more likely. 'Black Widow' had the third-lowest opening for an MCU film, only ahead of the two 'Ant Man' films (18,674 admissions for the first one, 18,970 for the second one). Based on the historical record, 'BW' should barely scrape past 50K admissions and will be vying to outgross 'F9', which is currently sitting at 54.6K admissions. Back to the weekend's chart, 'The Father' came in a close third from almost only a quarter of 'Black Widow's' screens. 'Druk' and 'Digger' were the only other holdovers that didn't drop more than 50%. Sequels 'Conjuring 3', 'F9' and 'Croods 2' got obliterated by the loss of screens.

 

Next weekend sees the release of Liam Neeson's 'The Marksman', animated 'Space Jam: A New Legacy' and action horror film 'The Forever Purge'. Will it be enough to topple the Disney's domination at the top of the charts?

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Weekend: 15th–18th of July 2021 

 

Rank Title Weekend admissions % Change Screen count / Change Total admissions Week
1 The Father 13,051 -26.4% 31 +4 42,299 2
2 Rifkin’s Festival 12,312 33 12,312 1
3 Luca 9,922 -53.8% 59 -24 78,908 3
4 Black Widow 5,893 -69.7% 51 -45 38,646 2
5 Druk [Danish] 5,578 -14.8% 24 -3 32,341 3
6 F9: The Fast Saga 1,815 +13.2% 24 +10 57,641 5
7 The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It 1,414 -52.4% 20 -8 22,735 3
8 The Croods: A New Age 1,137 +10.4% 13 +4 34,494 7
9 Mulholland Drive (2001 re-release) 890 4 890 1
10 Space Jam: A New Legacy 855 9 855 1

 

Source: https://flix.gr/news/box-office-15-july-2021.html

https://freecinema.gr/greek-box-office-the-father-is-strong-enough-for-the-top-spot/

https://www.grandmagazine.gr/el/article/6056/box-office-o-8riambos-tou-patera

 

From this weekend onwards, entry into theatres is allowed only if you are vaccinated. You must also wear a mask. The authoritarianism of the Greek government is really showing itself with all its teeth. Not exactly a surprise thus that admissions fell to 59.4K this weekend. Setting all this aside however, last week's third-place finish 'The Father' achieved a successful rebound. It is now looking poised to top 'F9' as the summer's biggest adult entertainment. 'Rifkin's Festival' came in a close second from a similar number of screens. Unfortunately, Disney's one-two punch at the top of last week's chart plunged into third and fourth place. 'Luca' followed the common trajectory of dropping big on the third weekend despite a good sophomore hold, whereas 'Black Widow' has just tanked. There are now no hopes of giving 'F9' a run for its money, which is now nearing 60K admissions. 'Croods 2' also saw a minor rebound, but has made less than half of 'Luca', which will probably end up being the biggest kids hit of the summer. 'Space Jam 2' failed miserably.

 

Weekend: 22nd–25th of July 2021

 

Rank Title Weekend admissions % Change Screen count / Change Total admissions Week
1 The Courier 8,922 26 8,922 1
2 Luca 7,937 -20.0% 52 -7 92,711 4
3 The Father 6,678 -48.8% 23 -8 55,990 3
4 Rifkin’s Festival 4,629 -62.4% 22 -11 22,795 2
5 Black Widow 3,274 -44.4% 33 -18 45,175 3
6 Casablanca (1942 re-release) 3,022 7 3,022 1
7 Druk [Danish] 2,466 -55.8% 14 -10 36,715 4
8 Digger 1,282 N/K 4 N/K 16,003 6
9 Nobody 1,278 30 1,278 1
10 F9: The Fast Saga 1,126 -38.0% 22 -2 59,774 6

 

Sources: https://flix.gr/news/box-office-22-07-2021.html

https://freecinema.gr/greek-box-office-the-courier-wins-a-slow-race/

 

'Luca' came close to first place again this weekend, as it managed to drop only 20% and was only overtaken by newcomer 'The Courier'. The latter, Cumberbatch's latest historical drama, is bound to draw some adults over the next month or so, but with everyone abandoning the big cities in August and heading to their holiday houses and villages, it is unlikely to make it into the summer's Top 5. On the other hand, it is a foregone conclusion at this point that 'Luca' will top 100K admissions. It only needs to get to 109K admissions top beat 'Tenet' as the biggest post-pandemic film so far. 'The Father' is also days away from overtaking 'F9', despite an (expectedly) big third-weekend drop. 'Black Widow' might just make it to 50K admissions and save some face, although beating 'F9' is pretty much impossible at this point. Other openers and holdovers were not really of note. Total admissions for the weekend reached 48.4K, continuing a downward trend that is likely to reach its nadir on 15th August. I would wish to say that things will be uphill from there, but that will largely depend on how bad the situation will be on the epidemiological front, unfortunately.

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Weekend: 29th July–1st August 2021 

 

Rank Title Weekend admissions % Change Screen count / Change Total admissions Week
1 Mystère à Saint-Tropez [French–Belgian] 7,082 24 7,082 1
2 Jungle Cruise 5,172 51 5,172 1
3 Luca 3,870 -51.2% 35 -17 101,492 5
4 Old 3,756 39 3,756 1
5 The Father 3,081 -53.9% 12 -11 63,234 4
6 The Courier 2,657 -70.2% 21 -5 15,725 2
7 La Daronne [French] 2,090 9 2,090 1
8 Druk [Danish] 1,526 -38.1% 9 -5 39,919 5
9 Lassie – Eine abenteuerliche Reise [German] 850 11 850 1
10 Black Widow 832 -74.6% 14 -19 47,556 4

 

Sources: https://freecinema.gr/greek-box-office-we-re-having-a-heatwave/

https://flix.gr/news/box-office-29-07-2021.html

 

Moving into August and with a ridiculous heatwave across the country, cinemas were not on people's minds it seems, as evidenced by the 39,067 admissions sold this weekend. Holdovers mostly dropped more than 50% (except Danish black comedy 'Druk'). French comedy 'Mystère à Saint-Tropez' made it to the top, beating Disney's 'Jungle Cruise', which achieved a middling result. 'Luca' reached the 100K-admission milestone and is aiming to beat 'Tenet', to be become the biggest post-pandemic film so far. 'The Father' has successfully topped 'F9' to become the biggest non-animated film of the summer. Last weekend's number one, 'The Courier' crashed completely in a slightly unexpected turn of events.

 

Weekend: 5th–8th August 2021

 

Rank Title Weekend admissions % Change Screen count / Change Total admissions Week
1 Luca 3,203 -17.2% 44 +9 106,722 6
2 The Father 2,698 -12.4% 17 +5 67,048 5
3 Druk [Danish] 2,270 +48.8% 20 +11 42,726 6
4 Mystère à Saint-Tropez [French–Belgian] 2,235 -68.4% 16 -8 11,862 2
5 Old 1,999 -46.8% 40 +1 7,866 2
6 Smagen af sult [Danish] 1,766 16 1,766 1
7 The Courier 1,493 -43.8% 16 -5 17,931 3
8 Jungle Cruise 1,346 -74.0% 33 -18 9,462 2
9 Été 85 [French–Belgian] 803 8 1,290 1
10 Rifkin’s Festival 743 N/A N/A N/A 63,063 4


Sources: https://freecinema.gr/greek-box-office-what-happened-this-august/

https://www.grandmagazine.gr/el/article/6105/box-office-i-ptosi-sunexizetai

 

Thanks to several expansions, this weekend's holdovers managed to compensate for last weekend's catastrophic results. That of course didn't stop the overall downward trend, with total tickets falling to 25,210. Pixar's 'Luca' regained the top spot on its 6th weekend, with 'The Father' jumping up 3 spots to second place. 'Druk' jumped up 5 spots to third place, forming an impressive trio of what seems to be the summer's quality hits (each in its genre). 'Luca' is days away from topping 'Tenet', 'The Father' is days away from reaching the 75K-admission mark, while I can easily see 'Druk' topping 50K admissions. Last week's winner, French comedy 'Mystère à Saint-Tropez', crashed and burned, as did last week's second-place finisher, Disney's 'JungleCruise'. It's not helping that the film is already available on Disney+.

 

Weekend: 12th–15th August 2021

 

Rank Title Weekend admissions % Change Screen count / Change Total admissions Week
1 Spirit Untamed 6,840 49 6,840 1
2 Free Guy 3,871 41 3,871 1
3 The Father 2,633 -2.4% 10 -7 N/A 6
4 Un tour chez ma fille [French] 2,441 15 2,441 1
5 Luca 1,996 -37.7% 39 -5 N/A 7
6 Druk [Danish] 1,921 -15.4% 9 -11 N/A 7
7 The Misfits 1,449 16 1,449 1
8 Old 1,231 -38.4% 23 -17 N/A 3
9 Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs [South Korean] 1,183 32 1,183 1
10 Jungle Cruise 1,148 -14.7% 15 -18 N/A 3

 

Sources: https://freecinema.gr/greek-box-office-what-happened-this-august/

 

DreamWorks Animation decided to release yet another film this summer (after 'Croods 2') but chose the worse weekend ever – what is often the lowest or second-lowest grossing weekend of the year after Easter. This year was an exception though, as this weekend actually saw 30,337 admissions sold across Greece. With indoor cinemas only accessible to vaccinated individuals, multiplexes have taken aa major hit. The totally unnecessary sequel 'Spirit Untamed' managed a middling result but still topped all the competition. Newcomer 'Free Guy' was the next best thing and that's already too much of a compliment for its performance. Holdovers performed quite well, despite 11 new films entering the arena. 'The Father' continues its successful ascent, as did 'Luca' and 'Druk'. The prior seems to have remained relatively unaffected by 'Spirit Untamed'. Unfortunately, the only source for this weekend's results, freecinema.gr, does not mention the cumulative totals for any of the holdovers.

 

Weekend: 19th–22nd August 2021

 

Rank Title Weekend admissions % Change Screen count / Change Total admissions Week
1 Stillwater 8,366 23 8,366 1
2 The Suicide Squad 7,777 91 7,777 1
3 Dragon Rider [German] 5,273 53 5,273 1
4 Spirit Untamed 3,086 -54.9% 37 -12 15,335 2
5 The Father 2,436 -7.5% 9 -1 76,217 7
6 Luca 1,670 -16.3% 18 -21 112,555 8
7 Young Frankenstein (1974 re-release) 1,497 4 1,497 1
8 Free Guy 1,381 -64.3% 17 -24 5,252 2
9 Un tour chez ma fille [French] 1,249 -48.8% 12 -3 5,286 2
10 Druk [Danish] 1,234 -35.8% 6 -3 47,902 8

 

Sources: https://freecinema.gr/greek-box-office-what-happened-this-august/

https://flix.gr/news/box-office-19-08-2021.html

 

With the summer season coming to an end soon, people are slowly returning to the cities and to their former habits, including cinemagoers. Total admissions reached 41,523, with half of them coming from the top three, a trio of newcomers. 'Stillwater' grabbed most of the attention, while the sequel to 'Suicide Squad' came in a close second, but it was a far cry from the original's 61,555-admission opening. Last weekend's winner, 'Spirit Untamed', plummeted in the face of 'Dragon Rider', while 'Luca' became the biggest post-pandemic film so far, moving ahead of Christopher Nolan's 'Tenet' (109K admissions). 'The Father' continues to impress and is poised to approach 85K admissions by the looks of it. 'Druk' is still vying for the 50K-admission milestone.

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Weekend: 26th–29th August 2021

 

Rank Title Weekend admissions % Change Screen count / Change Total admissions Week
1 Άνθρωπος του Θεού (aka Man of God) [GR] 62,305 117 62,305 1
2 Stillwater 5,203 -37.8% 20 -3 17,962 2
3 Around the World in 80 Days [English-laguage French–Belgian] 4,491 27 4,491 1
4 The Suicide Squad 2,041 -73.8% 31 -60 15,363 2
5 Candyman 1,950 23 1,950 1
6 Druk [Danish] 1,673 +35.6% 6 0 50,998 9
7 Reminiscence 1,567 27 1,567 1
8 Luca 1,372 -17.8% 13 -5 117,601 9
9 Spirit Untamed 1,306 -57.7% 26 -11 19,514 3
10 The Father 1,127 -53.7% 4 -5 79,335 8

 

Sources: https://flix.gr/news/box-office-26-august-2021.html

https://freecinema.gr/greek-box-office-oh-my-god-but-predictable-too/

https://www.grandmagazine.gr/el/article/6159/box-office-to-8auma-tou-agiou-nektariou

 

Religious film 'Man of God' miraculously managed to double the previous post-pandemic opening-weekend record, held by 'Tenet' (28.4K admissions). Fueled by its theme about one of the most revered 20th-century Orthodox Christian saints, St Nectarios, it drove Greeks of all ages to the outdoor cinemas that are still making most of the cinema business in the country at this time of year. Expect this one to stay around for some time... Meanwhile, it was business as usual for the rest of the crop, with other newcomers having disappointing openings and holdovers having disappointing drops. Last weekend's winner, 'Stillwater' held well with a 38% drop, while 'Luca' and 'Druk', both in their ninth week, continue their phenomenal (in post-pandemic terms) runs. Total weekend admissions reached 88,701.

 

Weekend: 2nd–5th September 2021

 

Rank Title Weekend admissions % Change Screen count / Change Total admissions Week
1 Άνθρωπος του Θεού (aka Man of God) [GR] 51,074 -18.0% 144 +27 169,056 2
2 PAW Patrol: The Movie 13,313 69 13,313 1
3 After We Fell 9,766 62 9,766 1
4 Annette 3,051 11 3,051 1
5 The Dry 2,054 8 2,054 1
6 Malignant 1,537 18 1,537 1
7 The Suicide Squad 1,243 -39.1% 11 -20 18,325 3
8 Candyman 1,192 -38.9% 17 -6 4,809 2
9 Spirit Untamed 1,165 -10.8% 16 -10 22,165 4
10 Druk [Danish] 1,108 -33.8% 6 0 53,454 10

 

Sources: https://flix.gr/news/box-office-02-09-2021.html

https://freecinema.gr/greek-box-office-bless-the-flock/

 

With an impressive hold, 'Man of God' overtook 'Luca' in less than 10 days, to become the biggest post-pandemic film as yet. It is eyeing 300K admissions, which would make it the biggest film since Christmas 2019's Greek film 'Eftyhia' (668K admissions). It's unique Greek-centric religious theme has probably attracted several people who would not otherwise go to the cinema. Cumulative weekend admissions reached 92,992, the biggest total of any post-pandemic weekend so far. 'After 3' opened to almost half of its predecessor's opening, which was less than half of the original's opening. The saga has gone from bad to worse, so my interest ends there. 'PAW Patrol' scored a decent second place, while DreamWorks Animation's 'Spirit 2' achieved the best hold among the Top 10.

 

Next week sees the arrival of Marvel's 'Shang-Chi'. It will be interesting to see how well it performs, although I'd still put my money on 'Man of God' finishing on top...

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Weekend: 9th–12th September 2021

 

Rank Title Weekend admissions % Change Screen count / Change Total admissions Week
1 Άνθρωπος του Θεού (aka Man of God) [GR] 25,398 -50.3% 129 -15 217,094 3
2 Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings 18,784 94 20,454 1
3 PAW Patrol: The Movie 7,151 -46.3% 68 -1 25,858 2
4 After We Fell 4,124 -57.8% 33 -29 20,355 2
5 Retfærdighedens Ryttere [Danish] 2,676 15 2,676 1
6 The Green Knight 1,715 22 1,715 1
7 Luca 1,286 +97% 14 N/A 121,292 11
8 The Dry 1,081 -47.4% 7 -1 3,524 2
9 Malignant 754 -50.9% 7 -11 3,681 2
10 The Father 720 +14% 3 N/A 81,324 10

 

Sources: https://flix.gr/news/box-office-9-september-2021.html

https://freecinema.gr/greek-box-office-the-ecstasy-exhaled/

 

Weekend: 16th–19th September 2021

 

Rank Title Weekend admissions % Change Screen count / Change Total admissions Week
1 Άνθρωπος του Θεού (aka Man of God) [GR] 14,074 -44.6% 94 -35 245,795 4
2 Cry Macho 9,537 82 9,537 1
3 Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings 7,658 -59.2% 78 -16 34,299 2
4 PAW Patrol: The Movie 4,207 -41.2% 55 -13 31,086 3
5 Adieu les cons [French] 2,530 8 2,530 1
6 Retfærdighedens Ryttere [Danish] 2,075 -22.5% 20 +5 6,179 2
7 Luca 1,692 +31.6% 24 +10 123,132 12
8 After We Fell 1,264 -69.4% 24 -9 22,793 3
9 The Green Knight 753 -56.1% 8 -14 3,651 2
10 Persischstunden [Russian–Belarusian] 700 5 700 1

 

Sources: https://flix.gr/news/box-office-16-09-2021.html

https://freecinema.gr/greek-box-office-only-prayers-for-the-new-007/

https://www.grandmagazine.gr/el/article/6192/box-office-to-eispraktiko-8auma-sunexizetai

 

During the last two weekends, cinema traffic followed a downward trend (69,276 and 49,880 respectively) due to the decline of 'Man of God' and the absence of any new blockbusters. 'Man of God' saw drops around 45-50% on both weekends and seems destined to finish with somewhere around 280K admissions. It has however managed to top the box office for four consecutive weekends. That is despite the release of the MCU's latest film, 'Shang-Chi', which opened on par with 'Black Widow' and had an similarly dismal second-weekend drop. Notable holdovers include 'Luca', which has now achieved 11 weekends (9 consecutive) in the Top 10 and 'The Father', which remained in the Top 10 for 9 weekends (8 consecutive). The box office has otherwise been very quiet, with no new films making waves.

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Weekend: 23rd–26th September 2021

 

Rank Title Weekend admissions % Change Screen count / Change Total admissions Week
1 Άνθρωπος του Θεού (aka Man of God) [GR] 8,449 -40.0% 98 +4 261,361 5
2 Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings 3,893 -49.2% 55 -23 42,232 3
3 The Ice Road 3,643 68 3,643 1
4 PAW Patrol: The Movie 2,439 -42.0% 54 -1 33,966 4
5 Luca 2,280 +34.8% 39 +15 125,515 13
6 Un triomphe [French] 2,027 12 2,027 1
7 Adieu les cons [French] 1,619 -36.0% 17 +9 5,102 2
8 My Son 1,212 12 1,212 1
9 Cry Macho 1,187 -87.6% 28 -54 13,684 2
10 Blue Bayou 915 17 915 1

 

Sources: https://freecinema.gr/greek-box-office-bond-or-the-last-kiss-goodbye/

https://flix.gr/news/box-office-23-09-2021.html

 

Cumulative admissions fell to 33,495, the lowest since mid-August, which is the heart of the summer and always records one of the lowest weekends of the year. In other words, this result is very, very bad. 'Man of God' has stayed on top for a fifth weekend. The last film that achieved this feat was 'Joker' in late 2019. No other film has achieved this in the last decade. This film has truly captivated audiences across the country. Is it the beginning of a big rebound for the box office? Or is it a fluke? The failure of the MCU's 'Shang-Chi' suggests that the latter may be true. On the other hand, 'Shang-Chi' wouldn't necessarily have been a blockbuster in Greece even in non-pandemic times. Next weekend's release of 'No Time to Die' will settle this matter once and for all. If it fails to gain traction, we will know that 'Man of God' was a fluke. If it scores big though, then clearly we can be more optimistic about the winter box office season as a whole – which in Greece tends to be the most lucrative period. 'Shang-Chi' is still lagging behind 'Black Widow' at the same point in its run and has little chances of gaining ground.

 

As for newcomer openings, they were all dismal. Liam Neeson's 'The Ice Road', which was the biggest of the bunch, still managed the worst opening among Liam's action films. The results weren't even close, since the next lowest is the first 'Taken' film, with a 12,543-admission opening. This is another piece of evidence that makes me nervous for next weekend's Bond outing. The signs are not promising. Even 'PAW Patrol' fell 42% and was nearly beat by 'Luca', which is in its 13th week and has rejoined the Top 5. As a reminder, 'Luca' is the biggest Hollywood success of the summer – even beating 'F9' and 'Black Widow' by a very wide margin. Notably, last week's second-place finisher, Clint Eastwood's 'Cry Macho', fell 88%. Bond help us...

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Weekend: 30th September–3rd October 2021

 

Rank Title Weekend admissions % Change Screen count / Change Total admissions Week
1 No Time to Die 80,120 249 80,120 1
2 Άνθρωπος του Θεού (aka Man of God) [GR] 2,955 -65.0% 44 -54 269,197 6
3 PAW Patrol: The Movie 2,023 -17.1% 41 -13 36,367 5
4 Luca 1,984 -13.0% 20 -19 127,566 14
5 Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings 1,798 -53.8% 23 -32 46,370 4
6 The Ice Road 923 -74.7% 13 -55 6,474 2
7 Un triomphe [French] 692 -65.9% 10 -2 3,475 2
8 Malignant 282 N/A 2 N/A 6,282 5
9 Das Vorspiel [German–French] 256 7 256 1
10 Spirit Untamed 205 N/A 10 N/A 24,505 8


Sources: https://freecinema.gr/greek-box-office-plenty-of-time-for-bond/

 

Bond did help us! The final Craig outing of the franchise scored the biggest opening weekend of the year and the biggest in the post-pandemic era. On the other hand, we must admit that the opening was far less than any recent Bond film.

 

Title Opening weekend Total admissions Multiplier
Spectre 166,068 487,347 2.93
Skyfall 165,301 579,681 3.51
Quantum of Solace 143,388 391,030 2.73
Casino Royale 138,367 415,860 3.01

 

The average multiplier for the above films is 3.06x. With a similar mulitplier (2.95-3.2x), 'No Time to Die' would reach 235,000-255,000 admissions. Although better than any other Hollywood film of the year so far, that total would still fall short of 'Man of God', which is about to surpass 270K admissions.

 

We also have information about 'No Time to Die's' first week: the 7-day gross is 123,523 admissions. It is following the trajectory of 'Spectre' and 'Skyfall', which had reached 250,254 and 244,480 admissions respectively by day 7. The weekend will show us whether 'NTtD's' final multiplier will be closer to 'Skyfall's' or 'Spectre's'.

 

Animated films 'PAW Patrol' and 'Luca' continue to soar in the absence of any competition. While other holdovers fell precipitously. 'Shang-Chi' is still behind 'Black Widow' at the same point in its run, but with double the weekend tally. It therefore has chances of surpassing it and maybe breaking the 50K-admission barrier.

 

This coming weekend won't see any significant new releases. 'Venom 2' arrives on October 14, at which point the competition for Bond will stiffen up...

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Weekend: 7th–10th October 2021

 

Rank Title Weekend admissions % Change Screen count / Change Total admissions Week
1 No Time to Die 54,744 -31.7% 247 -2 178,534 2
2 Luca 3,208 +61.7% 41 +21 130,851 15
3 Άνθρωπος του Θεού (aka Man of God) [GR] 2,910 -1.5% 45 +1 274,128 7
4 PAW Patrol: The Movie 2,050 +1.3% 31 -10 38,663 6
5 Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings 1,790 -0.4% 18 -5 49,497 5
6 Babardeală cu bucluc sau porno balamuc [Romanian] 1,758 11 1,758 1
7 The Ice Road 605 -34.5% 5 -8 7,818 3
8 The Croods: A New Age 317 N/A 9 N/A 41,251 19
9 Malignant 299 +6.0% 2 0 6,861 6
10 Dragon Rider [German] 277 +1,878.6% 5 +4 12,419 8

 

Sources: https://flix.gr/news/box-office-07-10-2021.html

https://freecinema.gr/greek-box-office-80-per-cent-of-moviegoers-chose-bond/

 

Despite the increases and very small drops across the board, the weekend saw a 25% drop in admissions (69,211), since 'No Time to Die', which accounted 79% of admissions, dropped 32%. That was nonetheless a very impressive drop. It was actually better than the sophomore drop of both 'Skyfall' (-37%) and 'Spectre' (-49%). However, it is still trailing both films by a bit less than 50%. It does seem to have very good word of mouth, which will help boost its multiplier, as will the fact that it is Craig's last outing as Bond. However, the arrival of 'The Last Duel' and 'Dune' this Thursday could easily make a sizeable dent in these ambitions. I would say that at this point, Bond's chances of beating 'Man of God' for the title of biggest 2021 film are 50-50.

 

The box office drought outside of first place and an unexpected re-expansion has led to an impressive return of 'Luca' to second place. The latest Pixar film has now reached 130K admissions. It still remains in the bottom half in terms of total admissions among Pixar films. Next up on the list is 'Coco' with 137,423 admissions. Completing the top three is 'Man of God', which virtually stayed steady an is headed for at least 280K admissions by the end of its run. 'Paw Patrol', 'Croods 2' and 'Dragon Rider' all saw increases, while the MCU's 'Shang-Chi' has now overtaken 'Black Widow' and will soon cross 50K admissions.

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