Cinema admissions in the European Union rose by less than 1% in 2002, with strong growth in the U.K. offset by declines in Germany and Spain.
Figures published by the European Audiovisual Observatory on Wednesday reveal that 933 million tickets were sold across the 15 EU countries last year, up from 929 million in 2001.
European films accounted for 27% of sales, down from 31% in 2001, but still ahead of the 23% share achieved in 2000.
National films in their home market maintained a steady 19.5% share in 2002, compared with 20.1% the previous year. But outside their own countries, Euro films fell back to a 7.9% share, down from 11% in 2001.
The winner was Hollywood, with American movies back up to a 71.2% share, against 65.4% in 2001.