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Since 1992 MEDIA Salles has been promoting the European cinema and its circulation at theatrical level
RESULTS IN 2008 FOR CINEMA-GOING
An analysis of the individual markets, presented by Elisabetta Brunella, Secretary General of MEDIA Salles, again reveals varying trends in 2008. Of the five leading countries France (+6.2%), which reaches 188.8 million, confirming itself as the top European market, Germany (+3.2%) and the United Kingdom (+1.1%) close the year with positive results. Dips are recorded in Spain (-8.5%) and Italy, where the first estimates elaborated by MEDIA Salles refer to 109 million spectators, with a drop of 4.2% in comparison to 2007 which was, however, a particularly good year.
Negative signs are coming in from Greece, where the
figures, though still provisional, show a decrease of around 14%. The
drops in Belgium (-3.1%) and Portugal (-2.1%) are less severe.
For some smaller markets 2008 is a positive year, for
example for Denmark which grows by 3%, or even excellent: this is the
case of Finland which sees a 7.7% rise and Norway which grows by 9.7%,
thanks in particular to the success of domestic films and above all
of Max Manus, which, since its release at the end of 2008, has drawn
around a million spectators in a country of less than 5 million inhabitants.