Swiss pic admissions down 14%

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SWITZERLAND — Swiss cinema suffered its worst year in a decade, with admissions down 14% to 15.2 million in 2005 from 17.7 million in 2004.

U.S. market share was down to 59% from 69% in 2004, according to provisional figures published by ProCinema.

The market share for European titles rose from 22% in 2004 to 29% in 2005.

“Madagascar” scored the highest admissions with 684,958, followed by “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” with 575,291 and Swiss comedy “Mein name ist Eugen” (My Name is Eugen) with 503,726.

Swiss market share is still low at 5.9%, up from 2.6% in 2004.

Most successful Swiss distrib in 2005 was UIP with four films in the top ten: “Madagascar,” “Meet the Fockers,” “Ray” and “War of the Worlds.”

Some 466 films from 66 territories in 54 languages were released in Switzerland in 2005.

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