The latest CNC data shows a return to dark rooms even if attendance remains lower than before the Covid-19 pandemic.
Despite a fear due to the first alarmist figures at the start of the implementation of the sanitary pass in cinemas – from 50 seats on July 21 and for all theaters since August 9 – the sector has finally held up well, carried by some highly anticipated films like Fast & Furious 9, the third part of OSS 117 (1.5 million admissions) orKaamelott, champion of the month of August with 2.5 million admissions in total.
The decline from the pre-health crisis remains significant: with just over 11 million admissions in August, attendance at movie theaters is 27% lower than the average for the pre-Covid years (monthly average between 2015 and 2019). But the health pass did not have a devastating effect. The lag was the same in June compared to the average for previous years when the measure had not yet been put in place – even though theaters had a limited gauge.
Above all, the offer of films in theaters was not at all that of an ordinary summer, boosted and concretely enriched both by the bottling of releases, the windfall effect of a release in hot season ( a priori safe from untimely re-containment) and an exceptionally juilettist Cannes Film Festival. There were both more films on screen than normal in this season, and more theoretically carrying titles, which one can hardly quantify what the course would have been at the box office if it had not been affected. through the establishment of the health pass.
From September 30, spectators aged 12 to 17 will in turn have to present a health pass. As of September 8, 79% of French people over 12 were fully vaccinated, 85% received a first dose, according to available vaccination data by age group. At present, 82% of the population who could go to the cinema is vaccinated or does not have a health pass (100% of those under 12 years old, to whom vaccination is not open and 79% of those over 12 years old ).
Update September 10 at 5 p.m.: addition of a paragraph on the special offer of films during the summer of 2021.
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