MUMBAI: Brazil's box-office registered a 33.3 per cent rise last year with ticket
sales getting close to R$1 billion mark for the first time.
figures released by film company and market researcher Filme B, revenue climbed
to R$970 million ($549m) and admissions totaled 112.6 million that was 25.7 per
cent ahead of 2008 levels.
The box-office record can be partially attributed
to the Brazilian economic growth and the fact it is as one of the first economies
to recover from the recession.
Filme B's editor Pedro Butcher, "The new Brazilian films with commercial
potential and the release of blockbusters 'out of season', such as 2012 and New
Moon, that came out in November, not a school holiday season, helped the
growth as well.''
With a total of 84 titles released, 16 million people
saw Brazilian films that accounted for a market share of 14.2 per cent, the best
figure seen since 2004.
The local champion was Daniel Filho' Se Eu Fosse
Voce 2, a sequel to the 2006 romantic comedy released through Fox. By selling
5.7 million tickets last year (now it is more than 6.1million), the comedy became
the highest domestic-grossing film since the Brazilian renaissance, beating Breno
Silveira's Two Sons Of Francisco, which 5.3 million people saw in 2005.
Eu Fosse Voce 2 grossed R$47.5 ($26.8m), taking the second spot in the
2009 ranking behind Fox's Ice Age 3: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs.