End of year figures fromItalian film data trackers Cinetel - which tracks 75%of the market - show
The results are less drasticthan many international territories for the year. Admissions are still amarginal improvement on 2003's 87.5 million - which were themselves down from2002's 89.2 million.
This smaller deficit came inpart from an extraordinarily strong final month. The territory was given abigger end of year than most with four of the years top 16 titles released inDecember. These were led by the latest in the hit local Nataleseries, Christmas In
Neri Parenti's comedy, reportedthe final instalment in the long-running series, joins 2002 entry Christmas On The
Medusa Film's Ti Amo In Tutte Le LingueDel Mondo released the same week as Christmas In Miami in
The December releases werenot the only year-end boosts, however, HarryPotter And The Goblet Of Fire finished third for the year having opened inNovember, while local star Roberto Benigni delivered The Tiger And The Snow (La Tigre E La Neve) inmid-October also making the top five.
UIP's animated hit
Four local films featured inthe top seven films of the year, with Manuale D'Amore joining the three that made the top five.
Local distributor FilmAuro enjoyed top 20 hits with both Manuale and Christmas In Miami), while 01 Distributionscored three with Tiger And The Snow, MrAnd Mrs Smith and Million Dollar Baby.Though final distributor market share figures are not yet available UIP onceagain appears a clear champion releasing top earner Madagscar and five further top 20titles. These included Shark Tale(February 25) and Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason (January 7) which saw 2005 releasesin
Top 20 films - Italy 2005
Title (Distrubutor)Total adms Total gross
2 Christmas In
3 Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire(Warner Bros) 3.3m $23.4m*
4 Ti Amo in Tutte Le Lingue
5 The Tiger And The Snow (01 Distribution)2.5m $17.5m*
6 Meet The Fockers (UIP)2.4m $17m
7 Manuale D'Amore (FilmAuro)2.35m $16.5m
8 The Chronicles Of Narnia(BVI) 2.3m $16.5m*
9 War Of The Worlds (UIP) 2.2m $15.6m
10 Charlie And The Chocolate Factory (WarnerBros) 1.85m $12.75m
11 Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason (UIP)1.6m $11.8m
12 Fantastic Four (20th Fox) 1.5m $10.7m
13 Shark Tale (UIP) 1.5m $10.35m
14 Star Wars: Episode
15 Alexander (Warner Bros) 1.4m $9.9m
16 King Kong (UIP) 1.3m $9.4m*
17 Million Dollar Baby (01 Distribution) 1.32m $9.2m
18 Mr And Mrs Smith (01 Distribution) 1.23m $9m*
19 Hitch (SPRI) 1.25m $9m
20 Kingdom Of Heaven (Medusa) 1.26m $8.8m
* Still on release atyear-end.