Portuguese movie theaters continue to lose compared to 2023


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The number of spectators in Portuguese movie theaters increased slightly between April and June this year, reaching around 731 thousand, but the figures remain almost 26% below those reached in June last year.

According to the Cinema and Audiovisual Institute (ICA), in data released today, 731,410 spectators went to the movies in June this year. In May there were 667,595 and in April 634,297.

Despite this increase, the numbers registered between April and June last year were higher. In April, May and June 2023, Portuguese cinemas had registered around one million spectators (999,913 in April, 1,103,481 in May and 987,246 in June), with this year’s figures corresponding to year-on-year drops in attendance of between 25.9% and 39.5% in the last three months.

In June this year, the increase in the number of spectators, compared to April and May, was also reflected in box office revenue: it was around 4.5 million euros, 21.4% less than in June last year, when revenue had reached 5.78 million euros.

In accumulated terms, in the first half of this year, Portuguese cinemas registered around 4.7 million spectators, 12.8% less than in the same period in 2023, when they had 5.4 million spectators.

In terms of box office receipts for the first half of this year, the drop is 9.6%. In the first six months of 2023, revenue was around 32.1 million euros, this year it stands at 29 million.

According to the ICA, in June this year, the most watched movie in cinemas was the American “Bad Boys: All or Nothing”, released on June 6, (187,376), followed by the animated films “Garfield: The Movie” (142,606), in cinemas since May 23, and “Gru – The Wicked 4” (95,354), released on June 27.

When looking at the figures since the beginning of the year, the most watched film was the American “Everyone But You”, released on December 28, 2023 and which registered 317,801 spectators and 1.95 million in box office receipts.

The most watched Portuguese film in cinemas between January and June this year was “Revolução (sem) sangue”, by Rui Pedro Sousa, released on April 11, which registered 20,755 spectators and around 113,000 euros in box office revenue.

Hervé Hubert
Hervé Hubert
Hervé Hubert is a 55-year-old writer and journalist based in Porto, Portugal. Born in France, he brings a unique blend of French and Portuguese perspectives to his work. Education Hervé studied Journalism and Literature at the University of Lyon in France. After completing his studies, he gained valuable experience working with various French media outlets (Portugal France also). Career He worked for several years as a journalist in France before making the move to Portugal. In Porto, he joined the Portugal Pulse team as a staff writer. Skills Hervé specializes in storytelling, investigative journalism, and cultural commentary. He has a flair for capturing complex issues in a relatable way. Personal Life He currently resides in Porto and enjoys the city's rich culture, from Fado music to Francesinha cuisine. Hervé continues to maintain strong ties to his French heritage, often traveling back to France for family visits and cultural exploration. With his unique background and diverse skill set, Hervé Hubert adds a layered, multicultural lens to every story he covers.

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