Magazine article Screen International

Spanish Films Grossed $235M Internationally in 2011

Magazine article Screen International

Spanish Films Grossed $235M Internationally in 2011

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Spanish cinema fared better abroad than at home in 2011, grossing $235m internationally, twice as much as in the local market.

"They love us more abroad than in our own country", Pedro Pérez, president of FAPAE (producers association) concluded at a press breakfast aimed at unveiling the results of Spanish cinema off frontiers.

2011 was a strong year for Spanish cinema internationally thanks, partly, to the great success of Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris, which accounted for more than half of the total ($150m). Polanski's Carnage ($28m) also counted as a Spanish production.

According to Rentrak figures, Spanish cinema had a market share in Spain of 15% and a total gross of $118m last year.

In 2011, Spain produced 199 films (62 documentaries), making the country the fourth biggest producer of films in Europe and the ninth in the world. The number of fully Spanish films was 151.

In terms of world market share, Spain is 14th, with 95.6 million spectators last year, falling positions as a result of success from Australia, South Korea or Mexico.

The number of Spanish films to open abroad in 2011 was 110, a 20.9% increase on 2010. "We are happy to say that every day more titles have international appeal. One of the great things about Spanish cinema is its diversity", said Perez.

Mexico was the country that screened the most Spanish films, 36, whilst the US/Canada grossed the most in terms of Spanish films, $63m, followed by France ($27m); Italy ($19m), Germany ($18.9m), Brazil ($15. …

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