Irish people still love going to the cinema, EU figures show

There were 991 million cinema admissions across Europe last year

Irish people still love going to the cinema, EU figures show

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Irish people are still going to the cinema in huge numbers, the latest European figures show.

While the number of admissions are declining in several EU countries - including the UK and Germany - the Irish number increased by 4% last year.

In total, there were 15.8 million tickets sold last year, up from 15.2 million in 2015.

Going by last year's Census figures, that is an average of more than three admissions per person - well above the EU average.

While Europe-wide admissions rose to 991 million last year, gross box office figures fell slightly - from €7.2 billion to just over €7 billion.

Europe-wide figures show that despite overall growth in admissions, no single film reached the 30 million ticket mark achieved by Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Minions and Spectre in 2015.

Unsurprisingly, family films and blockbusters dominate the top 20 films of the year. The biggest hit was The Secret Life of Pets, followed by Finding Dory and Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Zootopia and Rogue One round out the top five.

In terms of European films, Fantastic Beasts and Bridget Jones's Baby - both British co-productions - top the list. In terms of European language productions, the hit Italian comedy Quo Vado? was the most successful, followed by the French comedy Les Tuche 2 - Le rêve américain. No Irish film managed to breach the top 20 European productions.

The European Audiovisual Observatory notes: "Admissions to European films remained comparatively stable in 2016 causing the market share of European films to drop slightly from 27.0% to an estimated 26.7%. This is the second lowest level in the past five years.

"Nevertheless, European films continued to perform well on several national markets, particularly in France (35.3%), the Czech Republic (29.5%), Italy (29.1%) and Finland (28.9%)."