Per new statistics from the Culture Ministry, there was a slight drop in number of theaters in Spain and an upturn in percentage of b.o. culled by Spanish pics in 1990.
Hardtops dropped from 1,802 in 1989 to 1,773 last year. Attendance was almost the same in 1990 as in 1989: 78,510,807 compared with 78,056,886. Latter figure suggests theatergoing has stabilized after a 25-year plummet, which bottomed out at 69.6 million admissions in 1988.
Total b.o. revenue for 1990 was 28.3 billion pesetas, or $283 million, up slightly from $253.6 million in 1989. Admission is currently about $5.50 at firstruns.
Yank pics cornered 72.5% of the revenue. When added to other English-language pics, Anglo product accounted for 81.07% of revenue. Spanish pics’ share improved from a 7.69% share in 1989 to 11.09% in 1990, thanks mainly to local comedy “Aqui Huele A Muerto,” Pedro Almodovar’s “Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!” warbler “Yo Soy Esa” and Carlos Saura’s “Ay, Carmela!”
Other European cinema (excluding Spain and the U.K.) accounted for only 7.84% of revenue in Spain last year.
Topping revenue was Warner Bros., with $73.3 million at wickets; followed by UIP (Par/Universal), $67.7 million; Columbia, $35.6 million; Lauren Films (indies), $23.8 million; M. Salvador/Fox, $20.7 million; Unirecord (indies), $9.5 million; Iberoamericana, $6.8 million; Ivex, $6 million; Araba, $3.4 million; Filmayer, $2.9 million.
Top grossing 15 pics in 1990 in Spain follow.
Grosses are expressed in millions of dollars.
Pretty Woman (Touchstone/WB) $12,097
Dead Poets Society (Touchstone/WB) $9,453
Total Recall (Carolco/Col) 8.075
Ghost (Par/UIP) 7.969
Look Who’s Talking (Tri-Star/Col) 7.938
Tango & Cash (WB) 6.627
Die Hard 2 (Fox/M. Salvador) 5.977
Gremlins 2 (WB) 5.922
Born On The Fourth Of July (Universal/UIP) 5.884
Aui Huele A Muerto (WB) 4.827
Atame (Lauren) 4.827
Dick Tracy (Touchstone/WB) 4.616
The War of The Roses (Fox/M. Salvador) 4.616
Back To The Future, Part II (Universal/UIP) 4.022
Yo Soy Esa (WB) 3.861