Bulgarian Admissions Drop

The Foreigner, director Niki Iliev The Foreigner, director Niki Iliev

SOFIA: Admissions and box office for domestic films saw decreases of 67 percent in 2012, when nine Bulgarian films drew 214,800 viewers and box office of 745,287 EUR.

In comparison, 2011 recorded 685,482 admissions and 2,219,292 EUR in box office. The results are a disappointing drop from recent years which saw hits such as Dimitar Mitovsky’s Mission London, Ilian Djevelekov’s Love.net and Viktor Chouchkov Jr.'s Tilt topping the national box office.

The top Bulgarian film in 2012 was The Foreigner (Niki Iliev) starring French actor Christophe Lambert. In 22 weeks the film had 57,648 admissions and box office of 196,539 EUR. In second place was the detective parody Pistol, Briefcase and Three Stinking Barrels (Georgi Kostov) with 45,803 admissions and box office of 166,856 EUR. Third place was the comedy Rapid Reaction Corps (Stanislav Donchev). The forth place goes to Puzzle (Ivo Staikov), supported by the NFC. The film stayed in the theatres seven weeks with 16,767 admissions and box office of 60,514 EUR.  Borislav’s Kolev full length documentary Stoichkov (using alternative distribution methods) had 15,332 admissions and 52,664 EUR in nine weeks. Nikolay Mutafchiev’s One More Dream had 6,309 admissions and 22,909 EUR box office, followed by Konstantin Bojanov’s Ave with 7,057 admissions and 22,213 EUR box office, Svetoslav’s Ovcharov’s Voiceover with 4,629 admissions and 8,779 EUR box office and Anry Koulev’s Zaches with 1,363 admissions and 4,969 EUR box office. Writer/director of Migration of the Belted Bonito Ludmil Todorov, who rejected major BG distribution companies and decided to distribute his lyrical comedy on his own, had 3,924 admissions.

Provisional data shows 3,987,835 admissions in 2012 and total box office of 17,028,220 EUR. Compared to 2011 the figures fell by 11.96% for admissions and 6.93% for box office. At the same time, the average ticket price rose from 4.04 EUR in 2011 to 4.27 EUR in 2012.

Sources: Geopoly / National Film Center