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704,243 people visited cinemas in Gozo & Malta during 2015

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704,243 people visited cinemas in Gozo & Malta during 2015In 2015, cinemas in Gozo and Malta projected 375 different film titles and registered a total of 704,243 admissions, the National Statistics Office said today.

This is a 7.8% increase on 2014, when the figure stood at 653,002 admissions to watch 368 film titles.

There were eight cinema establishments, of which two were located in Gozo, with a total of 35 screens and a seating capacity of 6,748.

Last year, cinemas registered a total of 704,243 admissions. Almost four out of five cinemagoers have watched films originating from the United States. On their part, Maltese productions attracted 2.9 per cent of the total number of admissions.

Maltese productions had 20,331 admissions and generated a total gross box office of €100,000 in 1,252 screenings. On the other hand, foreign productions had 683,912 admissions with a total gross box office of € 4,094 million in 47,635 screenings.

Admissions to 3D movies accounted for 9.4 per cent of the total, while non-3D films enjoyed a share of 73.3 per cent of total admissions.

The total number of film titles exhibited in 2015 stood at 375. Total screenings amounted to 48,887, with an average 130 screenings per film. A total of 906 film shows were projected in 2015, of which 80.4 per cent were first-time releases.

Last year, 230 action films were screened in cinemas across Gozo and Malta. These types of films attracted 78.7 per cent of total admissions. On their part, animation films totalled to 25 and attracted 19.2 per cent of total admissions.

In 2015, the most popular movies were 'Spectre,' 'Minions' and 'Fast & Furious 7.' These three films attracted 5.9, 5.3, and 5.2 per cent of total admissions respectively.

Total employment in cinemas registered last year stood at 189 persons, of which 82.5 per cent were engaged on a part-time basis.

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