Theofficial figures published by the Ministry of Culture's Film Institute ICAAshow Spanish films' market share rose slightly in the first five months of 2005to 14%. Market share in 2004 was 13.4%, down slightly from 15.8% in 2003.
Butthe figures got a notable boost from Scott's Kingdom Of Heaven and Breck Eisner'sSahara, both minority co-productions with Spain's KanZaman which shot partiallyin Spain. Without the two hits, local films' market share drops dramatically tojust 8.9%.
Betweenthem, Kingdom and Sahara make up almost $14.5m (Euros 12m) of the total $39.2m (Euros 32.4m)grossed by Spanish films between January 1 and May 31, 2005. The top-rankingKingdom's $10.8m (Euros 8.9m) alone represents 27% of Spanish cinema's overall takingsfor the period, and its grosses continue to climb: released May 6, the film wasup to $16.8m (Euros 13.9m) by June 19 and remained in the local top 10.
In astatement, the ICAA confirmed that Kingdom has Spanish nationality and thestatistical inclusion of minority co-productions strictly follows the law.
Sources at KanZaman underscored the same message: "Perhaps we shouldcongratulate ourselves that Spanish producers can participate in internationalprojects of such magnitude," the ICAA statement concluded.Otherminority Spanish co-productions were included in the January-May figures withless fanfare, including Ken Loach's Ae Fond Kiss, the Italian-languageI Am NotAfraidand French co-production Bloody Mallory.
Meanwhile,no other local film broke the $6m (Euros 5m) watershed during the January-May period:comedy The World's Longest Penalty came closest, with $5.3m (Euros 4.4m), followed byCannes title Habana Blues with $2.8m (Euros 2.3m.)
Filmax's May release Tapas wasup to $4.7m (Euros 3.9m) as of June 19 on the back of its Malaga Film Festivaltriple-win.
Allthat may change by year-end considering the hefty forthcoming releases instore, includingTorrente 3, opening September 30; Jaume Balaguero'sCalista Flockhart-starrer Fragile; Vicente Aranda's English-language The WhiteKnight, due out in October/November; and popular veteran director Jose LuisGarci's Ninette, opening through DeA Planeta on August 12.