The number crunching White Elephant!

Posted: July 29, 2009 by moifightclub in bollywood, cinema, Hollywood, News, Regional, Thoughts
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cinemaWe are the world, if we go by the mind-boggling numbers regarding Indian cinema. Chew on and see if you can digest!

We hav tried to simplify the numbers as mentioned in Focus 2009 – World Film Market Trend, a report by  European Audiovisual Observatory, a public service body gathering and distributing information on the audiovisual industry. ( figures according to 2007-2008 releases)

 – The Indian film industry produced 1132 feature films in 2007. In comparison, the American film industry in 2008 produced 520 feature films, Japan 418 and China 400.

– India also has the cheapest movie tickets for any major film producing nation.

 – For theatre admissions, India’s count was 3.3 billion for 2008 and was higher than the combined total of the next nine biggest film producing countries. The US was the only other country to have more than a billion admissions.

– India has the cheapest ticket price averaging $0.5 (Rs 22). The average price of a ticket in the nine other big film producing countries ranges between $2.2 in China and $11.7 in Japan.

– The low ticket price accounts for the fact that gross box office collections of the Indian film industry – $1.8 billion in 2007 – are behind those of the US and Japan. With $9.7 billion collected at the American box offices in 2008, the US tops the charts followed by Japan with $1.9 billion.

– Among the major film markets, India is the only one in which Hollywood blockbusters, even after being dubbed in various local languages, have not managed to give local movies a serious challenge.

 – Not one of the top 10 films in India ranked by admissions or box office collections was from the US. In contrast, 8 of the top 10 films in the UK and Spain originated from America, Germany had 7 US films in its top 10, Korea and Italy 6 each, Japan 4, France 3 and China 2.

– In terms of multiplex screens – USA has over 29,000 screens, India has only 850, ahead only of Korea among the top 10 film markets of the world.

Aha…the melodrama in our DNA……we, the billion plus!

Comments
  1. Manu Warrier says:

    Nice point. In all this number game, how many gems in India can u short list in terms of good stories or great film making? I don’t need to comment on other markets, but I feel what we churn out of India are all “Me too ” projects, besides the few who dare to different. This debate can go on forever..

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