Polish exhibitors have record 2009

Admissions were 16% up over 2008's 33.8 mil

Polish exhibitors had a record year in 2009, pulling in 680 million zlotys ($234 million) from 39.1 million admissions, the highest number since the fall of Communism in 1989.

Admissions were 16% up over 2008’s 33.8 million.

Top five films were “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” ($13.5 million); “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa” ($12.6 million); “2012” ($9.4 million); and two Polish productions, “Love and Dance” ($7.6 million) and “Popieluszko” ($5.9 million).

“Avatar” was No. 12, with $5.4 million after bowing on Dec. 25. It remains at the top of the box office with admissions crossing the 2 million mark during the past weekend for a $16.4 million cume.

For the first time in 20 years, Poland, population 38 million, has crossed the statistical threshold of one cinema visit per capita, well up on the 0.6 visits per year recorded during the first half of the last decade. Admissions have been steadily rising since 2005 as more multiplexes open.

The European Union average is two cinema visits per year.

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