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Coronavirus: Hungarian Box Office Sales Plunge Over 70% in 2020

MTI-Hungary Today 2021.06.08.

Hungarian cinemas’ ticket sales dropped by 72 percent to 4.3 million last year as pandemic restrictions weighed, data compiled by the Central Statistical Office (KSH) show. Almost 2.2 million of total ticket sales were at cinemas in the capital. Box office revenue declined by 71 percent to 6.4 billion forints (EUR 18.5m).

Cinemas showed 208 new films last year, 130 fewer than in 2019 due to the pandemic, and the lowest number since 2014, KSH said.

Box Office Sales Tank in Hungary's Cinemas on Reopening Weekend
Box Office Sales Tank in Hungary's Cinemas on Reopening Weekend

At the end of last week, most services in Hungary, including cinemas, finally reopened after a long time. However, weekend ticket sales were at a record low. Only a total of 496 cinema tickets were purchased in Hungary on the first weekend in May, the very first days movie theaters have reopened since last November, […]Continue reading

Hollywood films were the most popular in Hungary last year. Bad Boys for Life, the third installment in the Bad Boys franchise, drew the most cinema-goers, taking in 337,100 box office receipts. Runner-up was Guy Ritchie’s action-comedy The Gentlemen, which drew 206,600 to screenings. Christopher Nolan’s Sci-Fi action thriller Tenet was in third place, selling 183,500 tickets.

The most popular Hungarian film in cinemas last year was Pesti balhé (Budapest Heist), with 71,600 ticket sales.

Featured photo illustration by Márton Mónus/MTI