The period saw 35.4 million admissions as opposed to 36 million in 2005.
However, total box office gross was 20% up from last year because of continued rise in the average ticket price from $ 2.3 to 3.1.
Hollywood blockbusters took a 79.3% share of the market (79.8% in 2004), local productions logged 11.3% (from last year's 12.5%), while European, Asian and other Latin American films recorded a 9.4% (7.7% a year ago).
The fall in attendances particularly affected Argentinian films. The 74 titles (co-productions included) released during 2006 saw sales drop to 4 million from 4.5 million in 2005.
Only six American and two Argentinian films have attracted over one million viewers, a list led by Ice Age: The Meltdown with 2.540.000 admissions.
Woody Allen's Match Point >(460.000 tickets sold) and Pedro Almodovar's Volver (330.000 admissions) were the most successful European productions of the year.
Top 10 films in 2006 (admissions)
1- Ice Age: The Meltdown 2.5m
2- Chronicles of Narnia 2.1m
3- Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest 1.62m
4- The Da Vinci Code 1.6m
5- Cars 1.25m
6- Bathers 3: Superpowers (Arg) 1.16m
7- Little Tooth Mouth (Arg) 1.02m
8-Over the Hedge 1.01m
9- X-Men: The Last Stand 0.79m
10- Superman Returns 0.55m
Local top 10 (admissions)<1- Bathers 3: Superpowers 1.16m
2- Little Tooth Mouth 1.02m
3- Patoruzito 2 0.35m
4- The Hands 0.25m
5- Chronicle of an Escape 0.21m
6- Family Law 0.2m
7- The Method 0.14m
8- Air Force Inc. 0.12m
9- El Custodio 0.06m
10- Cheese Face 0.05m