Argentina at a glance

Facts about the country

Currency: Peso (ARS) (1 peso = $3.10)

Population: 38.6 million, 45% under 25 (2005)

Language: Spanish (official)

GDP: $220 billion

GDP per capita: $5,700 (Q2 2006)

Number of films produced: 39 (2001), 33 (2002), 67 (2003), 54 (2004), 60 (2005), 60 (2006).

Average film budget: $1 million

Total box office, 2006: $102 million

Total admissions, 2006: 35.4 million

Market shares by tickets sold: U.S., 79.3%; Argentina, 11.3%; Asia, Europe, Latin America, 9.4% (2006)

Leading distributors in Argentina, by market share, January-November 2006: Buena Vista Intl. (23.2%); 20th Century Fox (17.8%); Columbia Tristar (11.6%); UIP (11.5%); Distribution Co. (11%); Warner Bros. (9.6%).

Film screens in Argentina: 978.

Number of plexes: 290

ARGENTINA TOP 10, 2006
(title, country of origin, B.O.)
1. “Ice Age: The Meltdown,” U.S., $6.2 million
2. “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” U.S., $4.6 million
3. “The Da Vinci Code,” U.S., $4.4 million
4. “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest,” U.S., $4.3 million
5. “Cars,” U.S., $3.1 million
6. “Baneros III, todopodorosos” (Bathers III, Superpowers), Argentina, $3.0 million
7. “Over the Hedge,” U.S., $2.6 million
8. “El raton perez” (The Hairy Tooth Fairy), Argentina-Spain, $2.4 million
9. “X-Men: The Last Stand,” U.S., $2.1 million
10. “The Departed,” U.S., $1.7 million

ARGENTINA’S DOMESTIC TOP 10, 2006
(title, B.O.)
1. “Baneros III, todopodorosos” (Bathers III, Superpowers), $2.87 million
2. “El raton perez” (The Hairy Tooth Fairy), $2.17 million
3. “Patoruzito 2, la gran aventura” (Patoruzito 2, The Great Adventure), $680,710
4. “Cronica de una fuga” (Buenos Aires 1977), $540,000
5. “Las manos” (The Hands), $489,100
6. “Derecho de familia” (Family Law), $461,300
7. “El metodo” (The Method), $345,300
8. “Fuerza aerea sociedad anonima” (Air Force Corp.), $320,700
9. “El custodio,” $121,400
10. “Cara de queso, mi primer ghetto,” $132,700

Main Argentine film festivals: Mar del Plata Intl. Film Festival (March) and Buenos Aires Intl. Festival of Independent Film (April)

Sources: Economy Ministry, National Institute of Film and Audiovisual Arts (Incaa), Nielsen EDI Argentina, Dis-Service.

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