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Spain Box Office, 2022: Hits and Trends

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In line with other major markets in continental Europe, Spain’s 2022 box office is up 49% from 2021 to 379 million euros ($405.5 million at current exchange rates), buoyed by a standout bow for “Avatar: The Way of Water,” Comcast Spain announced. Did Friday. The total admissions came to 61.2 million.

Despite an upbeat year for Spanish movies, results were still down significantly, by 39%, from Spain’s pre-pandemic 2015-19 total box office of €596 million ($637.7 million), Comcast estimates.

By comparison, in 2022, the UK was still 28% below the 2015-19 box office average, France was down 32%, Germany was down 34% and Italy was down a whopping 54%, according to Comcast calculations.

Bowing in Spain on Dec. 16, Disney’s “Avatar” roared to €21.86 million ($23.40 million) and 3.2 million admissions through Dec. 29, trailing Universal’s “Minions: The Rise of Gru” ($22.23 million) and “Jurassic World: Jurassic World.” Who Overhauled ” ($19.43 million).

Spain’s “Father There Is Only One” 3, co-written, directed and starring Santiago Segura, No. 4 ($16.70 million). After co-writing “The Kids Are All Right” 2, which punched $4.77 million from its late 2022 bow, Segura has earned $21.47 million at the Spanish box office, continuing his now two-decade reign as Spain’s king of comedy.

Dominated by action movies, animation and comedies, seven movies in Spain’s overall top 10 are widely shown to family audiences.

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“2022 has been complex but positive, Spain’s box office is growing compared to the past, but recovery has taken longer than originally expected. It looks like it won’t be at comparable levels before the pandemic until 2024,” said David Rodriguez, ComScore’s general manager for Spain and Portugal.

“The key is media support, showing which films are playing in theaters and where. When there is an interesting film, and it is communicated to the public, people will go to the cinema,” he added, citing “Avatar”, “Broker” and “Aftersun” as examples.

In recent years, Spanish cinema’s 22% market share has only been driven by 25% in 2014, “Spanish Affairs” at €56.2 million ($60.13 million) and 24.5% in 2020, when Hollywood postpones releases or moves directly online. With its many big plays.

Since the early ’00s, when Spanish broadcasters Mediaset España and Atresmedia began marketing Spanish titles they not only acquired but also invested in, Spanish audiences have embraced local films.

What’s encouraging about the 2022 results is the breadth of Spanish hits that range from Segura’s sometimes laugh-out-loud broad audience comedies (“Father There Is Only One” 3 and “The Kids Are All Right” 2) to “Tad the Lost.” Explorer and the Curse of the Mummy,” the third installment in the animated adventure caper franchise.

Also in the top 10 are a weighty psychiatric asylum-set psychological thriller, Oriol Paolo’s “God’s Crooked Lines”; Alex de la Iglesia’s hallmark black comedy “Four’s a Crowd”; The latest from two major Spanish writers, including Rodrigo Sargoyan’s “The Beasts,” which leads the nominations for the 2023 Goa Prize, and Alberto Rodriguez’s “Prison 77.” Plus Clara Simon’s Berlin Golden Bear winner “Alcaras”, a flagship for a new trend in Spanish arthouse drama with an extraordinary sense of place, and “I’m Going to Have a Good Time”, an interesting play for retro and teenage audiences.

Top 10 highest-grossing films in Spain, 2022

1. “Avatar, The Sense of Water,” Walt Disney, Dec. 16, €21.86 million ($23.40 million)

2. “Minions: The Rise of Gru,” Universal, July 1, €20.77 million ($22.23 million)

3. “Jurassic World: Dominion,” Universal, June 9, €18.15 million ($19.43 million)

4. “Father Is Only One”3, Sony, July 14, €15.60 million ($16.70 million)

5. “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” Walt Disney, May 6, €13.13 million ($14.04 million)

6. “The Stranger,” Sony, Feb. 11, €12.23 million ($13.08 million).

7. “Tad the Lost Explorer and the Emerald Tablet,” Paramount Int’l, Aug. 26, €11.79 million ($12.61 million).

8. “Thor: Love and Thunder,” Walt Disney, July 8, €11.60 million ($12.41 million)

9. “The Batman,” Warner Bros., March 4, €10.83 million ($11.58 million).

10. “Top Gun: Maverick,” Paramount International, May 26, €10.58 million ($11.32 million)

Top 10 Spanish highest-grossing films in Spain, 2022

1. “Father Is Only One,” Sony, July 14, €15.60 million ($16.69 million)

2. “Tad the Lost Explorer and the Emerald Tablet,” Paramount Int’l, Aug. 26, €11.79 million ($12.61 million)

3. “God’s Crooked Lines,” Warner Bros., Oct. 6, €5.72 million ($6.12 million)

4. “Kids Are Okay 2,” Warner Bros., Dec. 2, €4.47 million ($4.77 million).

5. “Four Is a Crowd,” Sony, Oct. 28, €4.32 million ($4.62 million)

6. “The Beasts,” at Contracurrent, Nov. 11, €3.46 million ($3.70 million).

7. “Alcaras,” Avalon Distribution, April 29, €2.33 million ($2.49 million).

8. “Prison 77,” Walt Disney, Sept. 23, €2.12 million ($2.26 million).

9. “I’ll Have a Good Time,” Sony, Aug. 12, €2.09 million ($2.23 million)

10. “Two Many Chefs,” Paramount International, Sept. 16, €2.05 million ($2.19 million)

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