Magazine article Screen International

The Impossible Boosts Spanish Cinema to Record High

Magazine article Screen International

The Impossible Boosts Spanish Cinema to Record High

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The Impossible and Tad the Explorer helped push Spanish cinema to its best ever domestic figures in 2012.

Despite a tough year for cinema, with a drop of 6% in attendance, Spanish films have grossed $140m - the biggest number to date.

The success of The Impossible, Tad the Explorer and I Want You, which each sold more than a million tickets, have pushed the market share to 17.9%, the best figure in 27 years, according to Rentrak.

The Impossible, with $53m in 11 weeks and 5.8 million tickets, has broken every record for a Spanish film.

The success of another local pic released at the same time, animation feature Tad the Explorer, with $23.6m raised the Spanish share to 40.4% in Oct/Nov.

I Want You, a teenage drama by Fernando González Molina, also performed strongly at the box office and grossed almost $16m from 2 million tickets. It is the first time in decades that three local titles have reached the top 10 grossing films. …

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