Norway Leads European Cinema Admission Increase
The 9.9% rise in attendance registered last year by Norwegian cinemas was the largest in Europe, according to statistics published by Paris-based International Union of Cinemas (UNIC).
In 2008 Norwegian theatres reached 11,869,449 admissions against 10,800.000 in 2007. Closest competitor was Denmark, with a 8.2% increase (up from 12,100,000 to 13,119,000), while Greece reported of a 12.5% audience drop.
”Strong results are typically due to successful local films,” said UNIC, representing 28,000 screens in 17 countries, selling 900 million tickets annually. Last year Norway was No 3 on the list – from the bottom – after a 10.0% decrease.