Spain B.O. So-So, But Local Filmers Gain An Edge

The b.o. results for the second third of 1990 in Spain were nothing spectacular, but some small satisfaction may be felt by Spanish filmmakers, whose share of attendance and revenue increased from the same period in 1989.

Much of the blame for the staid theatrical scene can be attributed to the entry of three new private tv webs during the first half of 1990 in Madrid and Barcelona. Those cities account for about half the country’s b.o. grosses.

The number of hardtops remained nearly the same – 1,553 in ’90 compared with 1,568 in ’89 – though the number of screens rose as many large theaters were converted into multiplexes.

Total attendance during the eight months ended Aug. 31,1990, was almost identical to ’89 (44,437,000). Also nearly identical was revenue in local currency terms (15.8 billion pesetas).

However, there was a slight upturn in dollar terms because of the increased value of the peseta ($150.5 million versus $130.3 million).

Spanish films copped 11.78% of revenue, compared with 7.3% in the same period in 1989. Yank pics garnered 70.73% of revenue in the first eight months of 1990, up from 67.28% in 1989.

British films’ share of the b.o. in the eight months of 1990 was 4.85% (compared to 12.27% in ’89).

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Following are the 10 top-grossing pics during first eight months of ’90 ($1= 105 pesetas).

Dead Poets Society $8,338,000

Tango & Cash 6,081,000

Born On The Fourth Of July 5,328,000

Aqui Huele A Muerto 4,396,000

Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! 4,255,000

The War Of The Roses 3,930,000

Back To The Future, Part II 3,705,000

Gremlins 2 3,470,000

Sea Of Love 3,336,000

Look Who’s Talking 3,270,000

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