Poor performance in cinemas – The Portugal News


Half a million viewers went to the cinema in February, less than half the number in February 2020, before the pandemic.

Monthly data provided by the Instituto do Cinema and Audiovisual (ICA) indicates that in February cinemas had 512,965 spectators and 2.8 million euros in box office receipts.

Compared to February 2021, the month when cinemas were closed as part of the Covid-19 containment measures, there is now a 100% increase, in terms of variation over one year (variable between the current month and the same month of the previous year).

However, looking at the data from February 2020, cinema consumption habits in the commercial circuit in Portugal are still lower than those practiced in the pre-pandemic period.

According to the ICA, in February 2020 there were 1.1 million moviegoers and €6.3 million in box office gross, more than double that of last February.

Reduction of cinemas

There is also a reduction in the number of theaters with regular cinema screenings.

According to the ICA, in 2021 the cinema exhibition took place on 543 screens, i.e. 49 screens more than in February 2022.

Checking by district, Beja has lost half of its cinemas.

Aveiro had 11 operating cinemas (six less than in 2021) and Portalegre went from five to two screens.

In the Azores, the number of cinemas has fallen from nine to five.

In the Porto district, the ICA indicates that the regular operating circuit has lost seven cinemas, for a total of 94 screens.

In February, the most watched film in Portugal was “Uncharted”, by Ruben Fleischer, with 156,720 spectators.

The ICA considers that the most watched Portuguese film this year is “The Man Who Killed D. Quixote”, by Terry Gilliam, with 5,518 spectators, although it is a minority Portuguese co-production, partially tour in Portugal.


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