“Kommersant”: fees of Russian cinemas fell by half after the cancellation of foreign premieres
In April of this year, the fees and attendance of Russian cinemas fell by half. About it informs “Kommersant”.
Against the backdrop of the cancellation of foreign premieres, the fall in cinema hall attendance in April amounted to 52 percent. If last year in April film screenings were visited by 10.65 million viewers, this figure is 5.06 million this year. As for fees, they amounted to 1.39 billion against 3.013 billion rubles in April 2021.
It is noted that in May the comedy of Karen Zakharov and Armen Ananikyan “Artek. The Great Journey”, the film by Konstantin Buslov “Wings over Berlin” and the animation film “Buk”. According to Alexander Nechaev, Editor-in-Chief of the Film Distributor’s Bulletin, the season of blockbusters aimed at young viewers traditionally begins in May. This year, Doctor Strange: In the Multiverse of Madness was expected to premiere, but it was cancelled.
After the start of the military special operation of Russia on the territory of Ukraine, foreign studios began to refuse to distribute their films in the Russian Federation. The list of companies that suspended the supply of pictures included The Walt Disney Company, Sony Pictures, Universal Pictures.