Saturday, June 10, 2017
India Tops Largest Film Producers in the World, Nigeria Drops Out of Top 10
After India, the United States was the second top producer, with a total of 738 feature films, followed by China (638 films), Japan (591 films) and France (270 films). It is important to note that Nigeria is not included in the analysis because most Nollywood feature films are produced in video format.
Diversity of feature films
India is also the global leader in terms of linguistic diversity in feature films. While most countries produce films in one or two languages, Bollywood films were produced in 35 languages. Interestingly, less than 17% of the films were produced in each of the top four languages (Tamil, Telugu, Hindi and Malayalam).
Globally, about 75% of the feature films produced in 2013 were categorised as fiction, while documentaries accounted for about 23%, followed by animation.
Revenues and average ticket prices
According to UIS data, box office receipts grew by almost 5% between 2012 and 2013, reaching a total of US$26.9 billion for the top ten film markets: the United States/Canada, China, Japan, the United Kingdom, France, India, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation, Germany and Australia. These countries accounted for 75% of global box office receipts.
The greatest growth has been in China, where revenues exceeded US$3.6 billion in 2013, compared to US$244 million in 2005. In the near future, it will probably overtake the United States, where box office sales have barely changed in recent years.
The average ticket price for cinemas was US$7.10 in 2013, although this varies considerable across countries. In Senegal, people pay an average of US$0.56 compared to US$17.48 in Bahrain.
India had the largest number of people going to the cinema. With an average ticket price of US$0.81, India had more cinema-goers than the United States, China and Japan combined.
UIS data also show that 80% of the top ten most popular movies in 2013 were either sequels or franchises. The top three were: Despicable Me 2, Iron Man 3 and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
Movies Produced: 1724
2. United States
Movies Produced: 738
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Movies Produced: 270
6. United Kingdom
Movies Produced: 241
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The UIS is the only statistical agency to provide a global perspective on the world’s most lucrative cultural industry and one of the most popular cultural practices – movie-watching. Demand for data has never been greater as digital technology transforms the ways in which films are produced, distributed and consumed by audiences in theatres and homes.
The Institute conducts a biennial survey on feature film and cinema statistics to monitor global trends in selected areas of this industry. This is the only international survey to include countries in all regions and at all stages of development – from Hollywood to Bollywood and Nollywood. It uses comparable definitions to collect data on a range of issues, including the Top 10 films viewed per country; linguistic diversity in film production; admissions; national versus international co-productions per country; and distribution mechanisms.
The survey provides a unique perspective on how different countries and regions are transforming traditional approaches to the art and industry of film-making. The data can be used to track trends in consumption, for example, by looking at the origins of films viewed versus the most popular films, based on attendance. The data also reflect issues related to cinema infrastructure and access, as reflected by the numbers of indoor cinemas and average ticket prices per capita.
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