Thursday, October 21, 2004

What's showing in Europe?

I've just added a sidebar with the Top 20 films currently showing. However, it's a bit of a misnomer. It's actually the Belgian Top 20. I chose that one as it is pretty indicative of what is happening across the continent (that includes the UK, by the way). Looking at the figures, you have over 80% of the material coming from US major studios. Add some indies, about 13% French films and the other occasional foreign hit and there you have it. Local production accounts for under 1%.

Figures were up in Belgium last year, and if you must know, the top three movies were "Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets" with euros 7.8m, "Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers" euros 6.3m, and the latest instalment of French hit franchise "Asterix & Obelisk, Mission Cleopatre" with euros 4.3m. So if you're really intent on making some money with your script, you should perhaps be thinking family entertainment rather than Dogma.

Exceptions? Yes, there are a few. Both Denmark and Sweden have local hits in their top five, which is encouraging.

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