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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).

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If this is correct, then 'Eftyhia' sold another 40,249 tickets during the weekdays. 🤯

 

 

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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)

 

 

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'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.

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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...

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Eftyxia's success is a bit weird in the sense that it hasn't dominated the local zeitgeist like you would expect from its insane numbers. Nothing like Joker or Worlds Apart or any other local mega hit I can remember as far as hype goes. Maybe it skews a lot older than the average mega hit but still the numbers are too big to get ignored. 

Even though it seems pretty much cut from the same cloth of terrible nostalgic dramedies about the old times I'm interested to see it. The trailer is decent, the lead is a legit great local actress and the director is an interesting indie guy getting his first mainstream movie. Certainly looks much better than Kazantzakis and the like.

 

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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. 

 

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@Joel M You should definitely watch Eftyhia. It's much better quality than previous nostalgic historical dramas.

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Back in the early 00s when there was no online boxoffice info about Greece, the main source of information for the market was the only movie-related magazine appropriately named CINEMA. That magazine had a yearly Box office recap in every summer issue. I was an avid reader from 99' to mid-00s but sadly I don't have any of the issues anymore. But someone has uploaded a ton of old CINEMA magazines online apparently https://www.scribd.com/user/241244291/what/uploads

 

So I took every summer issue I could find to compile yearly BO lists. Every list is from September to June of the next year because July-August was a black out period until 2000-01, half the theatres were closed and the other half were only replaying hits from earlier in the year. And of course almost all numbers for movies that opened May-June are not final since they kept playing through the summer. Also in the 90s all numbers were either Athens only or Athens+Thessaloniki since they were much fewer theatres in the rest of the country and many movies were making like 80% of their total in just the 2 big cities. So for the other 5 people that read this thread here we go...

 

1995-1996 (Athens only admissions)

Spoiler


1 Pocahontas 175.000
2 Heat 160.000
3 Underground 150.000
4 Seven 145.000
5 Braveheart 135.000
6 Goldeneye 130.000
7 Waterworld 125.000
8 Dangerous Minds 110.000
9 Casino 110.000
10 9 months 105.000
11 First Knight 100.000
12 Die Hard with a vengeance 95.000
13 Dumb and Dumber 90.000
14 Jumanji 90.000
15 Bridges of Madison County 88.000
16 Il Postino 85.000
17 Don Juan De Marco 75.000
18 Apollo 13 70.000
19 Sense and Sensibility 70.000
20 The Net 60.000

 

Other notable movies

Ulysse's Gaze – 60.000 a lot for an extremely arthouse greek movie.

Toy Story – 50.000 and Batman Forever – 55.000 adm. Both kinda floped compared to the rest of the world.

 

 

 

1997-1998 (Athens only admissions)

Spoiler


1 Titanic* 868.000
2 As Good As It Gets 260.000
3 Bean 245.000
4 The Full Monty 196.000
5 My Best Friend's Wedding 186.000
6 Tomorrow Never Dies 182.000
7 The Devil's Advocate 176.000
8 Valkanizater** 165.000
9 Great Expectations 155.000
10 Face Off 146.000
11 Men In Black 144.000
12 The Game 130.000
13 Good Will Hunting 113.000
14 Hercules 111.000
15 Contact 109.000
16 Air Force One 106.000
17 Conspiracy Theory 96.000
18 The Jackal 95.000
19 Lost World: Jurassic Park 93.000
20 Con Air 91.000

 

*Titanic's number is not even final since it kept playing through the summer. Insanity.

**That was the first legit big greek hit in over a decade. Greek mainstream cinema was dead at the time.

 

Other notable movies

Scream 1 and 2 premiered within the same season and both did around 30.000-35.000 admissions.

 

 

 

1998-1999 (Athens-Thessaloniki admissions)

Spoiler


1 Asterix and Obelix vs Ceasar 370.000
2 Armageddon 350.000
3 Life is Beautiful 330.000
4 Shakespeare in Love 300.000
5 There's something about Mary 250.000
6 Analyze This* 240.000
7 The Horse Whisperer 220.000
8 Saving Private Ryan 210.000
9 The Truman Show 200.000
10 Dr. Doolittle 190.000
11 Lethal Weapon 4 188.000
12 Mulan 178.000
13 Diakritiki goiteia ton arsenikon 175.000
14 Snake Eyes 175.000
15 6 Days, 7 Nights 175.000
16 A Perfect Murder 170.000
17 The Mask of Zorro 165.000
18 You 've got mail 160.000
19 City of Angels* 148.000
20 Godzilla 147.000

 

*Those movies opened in June so their numbers are definately not final.

 

Other notable movies(Athens only)

An Eternity and a Day – 40.000 Theo Angelopoulos palme d'or winner.

X-files: Fight the Future – 100.000

A Bug's Life, Prince of Egypt and Stepmom all did around 80.000-85.000 adm.

 

 

 

1999-2000 (Athens-Thessaloniki admissions)

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1 Safe Sex GR 865.000
2 The 6th Sense 490.000
3 American Beauty 380.000
4 The Matrix* 305.000
5 Tarzan 275.000
6 Notting Hill 270.000
7 The World is not Enough 265.000
8 Fovou tous Ellines GR 250.000
9 The Green Mile 235.000
10 End of Days 235.000
11 Eyes Wide Shut 226.000
12 Sleepy Hollow 224.000
13 The Mummy 217.000
14 Entrapment 213.000
15 The End of the Affair 190.000
16 Runaway Bride 190.000
17 The Insider 184.000
18 Star Wars ep1: The Phantome Menace 175.000
19 Thyliki Etaireia GR 173.000
20 Stuart Little 170.000

 

*Matrix was the first movie that defied the July-August blackout period and opened at the 20th of August, 2 weeks before the season “officially” begins. And it was a huge hit anyway.

*GR This is the year the local industry was brought back to life thanks to the unprecedent success of a local movie that kinda shocked everyone. Mainstream greek cinema becomes a thing.

 

Other notable movies (Athens only)

Joan of Arc – 118.000

The Bone Collector – 109.000

Talented Mr. Ripley – 105.000

All about my mother – 102.000 (Almodovar movie)

The Whole Nine Yards – 132.000 Opened in June so it's not final.

Stigmata – 87.000

Fight Club – 76.000 not bad.

Haunting, Scream 3 and Blair Witch Project all over 70.000 admissions

Toy Story 2 – 50.000 sadly still a flop compared to disney renaissance movies.

 

 

 

2000-2001 (whole country admissions)

Spoiler


1 Gladiator* 600.000
2 What Women Want 580.000
3 Cast Away 530.000
4 The Perfect Storm* 430.000
5 What Lies Beneath 409.000
6 Mission: Impossible II 380.000
7 O Kalyteros moy Filos GR 340.000
8 Stakaman GR 330.000
9 Hannibal 320.000
10 Chocolat 310.000
11 Rizoto GR 270.000
12 Meet the Parents 260.000
13 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 250.000
14 Gone in 60 seconds 230.000
15 Unbreakable 220.000
16 The Family Man 215.000
17 Charlie's Angels 210.000
18 Miss Congeniality 200.000
19 Scary Movie 190.000
20 The Mummy Returns 185.000

 

 

*The Perfect Storm and Gladiator were released mid-July and mid-August and basically created the summer season. They are still the weakest boxoffice months but new movies get released year-round now which wasn't the case back then.

 

Other notable movies (Athens only)

Hollow Man – 117.000

Exorcist: Director's Cut – 112.000 Gotta be one of the biggest re-releases ever.

Billy Elliot – 111.000

Dinosaur – 109.000

Traffic – 107.000

Vertical Limit – 100.000

Proof of Life – 100.000 Meg Ryan's career ending flop was a hit here lol.

Crimson Rivers – 81.000 French thriller that was a hit all over Europe.

The Grinch – 65.000

Chicken Run – 57.000

Emperor's New Groove – 51.000 Abysmal compared to the renaissanse films but still a great movie.

 

 

 

2001-2002 (whole country admissions)

Spoiler


1 LotR: The Fellowship of the Ring 830.000
2 Harry Potter & the Philosopher's stone 800.000
3 Ocean's 11 560.000
4 To klama vgike ap ton paradeiso GR 450.000
5 A Beautiful Mind 430.000
6 Spider-Man 330.000
7 The Others 310.000
8 Pearl Harbor 300.000
9 Captain Corelli's Mandolin 280.000
10 Lara Croft: Tomb Raider 275.000
11 Amelie 270.000
12 Asterix and Obelix : Mission Cleopatra 200.000
13 Moulin Rouge 200.000
14 Rush Hour 2 180.000
15 Spy Game 170.000
16 Don't Say a Word 165.000
17 Cats & Dogs 165.000
18 Vanilla Sky 160.000
19 The Score 155.000
20 Bridget Jones Diary 145.000

 

*Spider-Man opened in May but the number isn't final.

*The Mexican was released summer 2001 and Unfaithful summer 2002. Both were big hits, made 170.000 and 130.000 adm in Athens alone through the summer but half the admissions count for this season and half for the next/last, so they aren't featured in any list.

 

Other notable movies (Athens only)

Gosford Park – 91.000

Monster Inc – 89.000

Shrek – 76.000

Ice Age – 45.000 CGI animations were very niche at the time. Nemo changed that.

Scary Movie 2 – 100.000

From Hell – just under 100.000

 


 

 

 

2002-2003 (whole country admissions)

Spoiler


1 LotR: The Two Towers 905.000
2 My Big Fat Greek Wedding 810.000
3 Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets 600.000
4 The Matrix Reloaded* 510.000
5 Die Another Day 450.000
6 Signs 336.000
7 Catch me if you Can 290.000
8 Chicago 280.000
9 Gangs of New York 280.000
10 Two Weeks Notice 260.000
11 Minority Report 243.000
12 The Hours 220.000
13 Men in Black II 207.000
14 Insomnia 200.000
15 Red Dragon 200.000
16 Analyze That 190.000
17 X-Men 2 165.000
18 Johnny English 160.000
19 The Ring 155.000
20 Hero 140.000

 

*Matrix number is not final. It was released late May.

*No greek movie over 40.000 admissions for the first time in years.

 

Other notable numbers (Athens only)

Road to Perdition – 87.000

 

 

 

2004-2005 (whole country admissions)

Spoiler


1 Nyfes GR 680.000
2 Ocean's 12 460.000
3 Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban 400.000
4 Alexander 370.000
5 King Arthur 352.000
6 Meet the Fockers 330.000
7 The Village 308.000
8 National Treasure 295.000
9 Million Dollar Baby 270.000
10 Mr and Mrs Smith* 232.000
11 The Interpreter 220.000
12 Monster in Law* 210.000
13 Kingdom of Heaven 208.000
14 Shall We Dance 195.000
15 Collateral 190.000
16 Constantine 170.000
17 The Polar Express 170.000
18 The Phantom of the Opera 167.000
19 The Terminal 160.000
20 The Bourne Supremacy 155.000

 

*Those two movies released in the summer so the numbers are not final.

 

Other notable numbers (Athens only)

Batman Begins – 170.000 part of the admissions count for next season so doesn't make the list.

Shrek 2 – 100.000

Hitch – 100.000

Attack of the Clones – 90.000

Incredibles – 87.000

War of the Worlds – 350.000 in the 2 big cities. Article says it opened after the season was over so it coulda been included the next year.

 

 

 

Sadly couldn't find the 2003-04 season recap that has some of the biggest hits ever and didn't bother searching for more recent lists because after that we have more concrete data online.

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1 hour ago, Joel M said:

Eftyxia's success is a bit weird in the sense that it hasn't dominated the local zeitgeist like you would expect from its insane numbers. Nothing like Joker or Worlds Apart or any other local mega hit I can remember as far as hype goes. Maybe it skews a lot older than the average mega hit but still the numbers are too big to get ignored. 

Even though it seems pretty much cut from the same cloth of terrible nostalgic dramedies about the old times I'm interested to see it. The trailer is decent, the lead is a legit great local actress and the director is an interesting indie guy getting his first mainstream movie. Certainly looks much better than Kazantzakis and the like.

 

 

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I watched it while in Athens and I have to say I enjoyed it quite a bit. The lead actress (the one portraying Eftychia young) was outstanding. A legit great performance I haven't seen in a Greek film for a long long time.

Not everything was perfect but it had lots and lots of heart, Greek heart and a feminist tone I haven't quite seen in any other greek movie. Generally, I think it's the best Greek-speaking film I have seen in the last years although the list of acceptable ones is not big. Probably this and The Last Note I enjoyed a lot with 'Mikra Agglia' as third.

 

P.S: The only thing I didn't love was the portrayal of the gay character. Very stereotypical. Nothing terrible but I would have prefered if they keeped a bit more balance on the typicality of the portayal and the 'jokes' used.

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28 minutes ago, FantasticBeasts said:

Probably this and The Last Note I enjoyed a lot with 'Mikra Agglia' as third.

 

That's good to know. Voulgaris is the filmmaker all those other historical epics try and fail to emulate since forever. His stuff are a cut above anything else in the "genre".

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5 hours ago, Joel M said:

1999-2000 (Athens-Thessaloniki admissions)

175k for SW1? Where does the rest hide? Lol.

 

Seriously, is that the total number? Also 18th is really low...

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18 hours ago, Aristis said:

175k for SW1? Where does the rest hide? Lol.

 

Seriously, is that the total number? Also 18th is really low...

 

Up until the early 80s people watched mostly greek movies in theatres, US movies were more like a niche. After the local industry collapsed and moved to VHS and TV, Hollywood took over but Star Wars is still something most people discovered during the 90s through VHS or pop culture references in other stuff. It wasn't big enough yet. 

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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.

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8 minutes ago, Quigley said:

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. 

 

Well, greek cinema had a nice run. RIP.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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20 hours ago, Quigley said:

We could say 'Halwaii 5-0' is hemorrhaging at this point, 

We could also say it's heading to the company it deserves

 

Bachelor 2 [GR]236.464

Καζαντάκης (Kazantzakis) [GR]232.551

The Bach3lor [GR]230.407

 

I 've said in the past about my theory that these horrendous cheap looking movies appeal to the exact same audience that don't watch any other kind of movie. Well numbers don't lie 😏

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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:

 

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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.

 

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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.

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