Monday 27 February 2017

Hobbit and Hunger Games spur 0.6pc jump in EU box office takings

Gavin McLoughlin

Gavin McLoughlin

The Hobbit: the Battle of the Five Armies
The Hobbit: the Battle of the Five Armies

New instalments of The Hobbit and The Hunger Games helped spur a 0.6pc rise in gross EU box office takings last year.

Provisional figures from the European Audiovisual Observatory show cinema owners raked in €6.32bn.

However, Irish cinema owners suffered a fall in revenue with takings dropping to €100.4m from €102.8m.

Sequels and spin offs featured prominently in the EU charts. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies was most popular with 22.7 million admissions, while The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 was second with 20.1 million.

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