Still from Philomena

UK films are strongest performers at Europa Cinemas

Europa Cinemas has published the full set of results for the 2,061 screens in its network of cinemas for 2014. With a total of 35 million admissions for European films, these figures highlight the impact of Europa Cinemas theatres on the life of European films, particularly outside their country of origin.

The results show an increase of 0.8 percentage points (36%) in the share of screenings dedicated to non-national European titles, with admissions increasing from 30.6% in 2013 to 32.3% in 2014.

Five European films topping 500,000 admissions 

MEDIA-backed UK films Philomena and Mr. Turner were among the main attractions, joining Polish Oscar-winner Ida, French comedy Serial (Bad) Weddings (Qu'est-ce qu'on a fait au Bon Dieu?) and The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (Hundraåringen som klev ut genom fönstret och försvann) in the list of the top five titles.

In 2014, British and French filmmakers provided the majority of big-name films for the network, with some exceptional titles becoming relatively unexpected international success stories.

Ida, which had not seen success when it was released in Poland in late 2013, won over audiences in network cinemas in a dozen countries. Shortly after its release, exhibitors participating in the Athens Europa Cinemas conference had given it their “Coup de Cœur” award. Their choice was well justified: Ida did particularly well on network screens throughout most of its European run: taking 40% of the 521,000 admissions in France, 80% of the 113,000 admissions in Italy, 61% of the 87,000 admissions in Spain, and 90% of the 35,000 admissions in Sweden.

Documentaries

There are often one or two documentaries that make it to top spots, reminding us of how much Europa Network cinemas are committed to their dissemination. Two good examples, both supported by MEDIA distribution funding: The Salt of the Earth (Le sel de la terre), a true crowd-puller with 488,000 admissions across the network, and the skillful blend of documentary and fiction of 20,000 Days on Earth (115,000 admissions).

Strong showing: English and French films

In the end it was a French title, Serial (Bad) Weddings, and an English film, Philomena, that dominated the list of top European productions with 1.3 million and 900,000 admissions respectively. The former was a phenomenal success in Germany where network cinemas tallied 882,000 of the 3.1 million admissions in 2014. The film also did well in Austria, Spain, Poland and the Netherlands.

As for Philomena, it was a genuine success in network cinemas in over fifteen countries. Moreover, the Mike Leigh biopic and Ken Loach films reinforced the position of English cinema, accounting respectively for 17.1% and 8.5% of admissions in network theatres.