CINEMA ticket sales in Cyprus fell by 24.4 per cent last year compared to 2012, recording the largest decrease in the 28 EU member states according to the Council of Europe’s European Audiovisual Observatory.
The statistics were released in conjunction with the 64th Berlin International Film Festival.
It is estimated that in 2013, some 600,000 cinema tickets were sold compared to 800,000 the previous year.
Cyprus recorded the biggest decrease in sales within the EU28 and the second largest compared to the countries from the Council of Europe where the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia recorded the biggest decrease with 61.8 per cent.
The observatory estimates that last year the total number of ticket sales within the EU fell by 4.1 per cent to 908 million, around 39 million than in 2012 (947 million). It is the second lowest amount of cinema ticket sales per year in the EU since the turn of the century.
More than two thirds of EU countries recorded a decrease in ticket sales, while an increase was only recorded in 8 of the 26 EU countries that statistics were made available.
This EU-wide decrease is the result of a significant fall in ticket sales in the five largest markets in Europe. Spain sold 15.2 million (16 per cent) less, France 10.8 million (5.3 per cent) less, the UK sold 7 million (4 per cent) less and Germany sold 5.4 million (4 per cent) less than the previous year. Only Italy, of the large markets, saw a rise of 106.7 million (6.6 per cent) in ticket sales.
The biggest increase within the EU was recorded in Bulgaria which had a 16.7 per cent rise, Romania which had a 13.8 per cent rise and Lithuania with a 6.8 per cent rise.
A significant rise was recorded outside of the EU with ticket sales increasing by 10.5 per cent to 173.5 million in 2013 in Russia which came second overall in sales behind France. Turkey also saw a significant increase with a 14.8 per cent rise to 50.4 million ticket sales in 2013.