Spanish cinema returns to historical lows in 2021 and, without reaching 40 million euros, will collect less than in 2020

Santiago Segura, like the previous year, once again became the highest-grossing Spanish director of the year thanks to ‘A todo tren’

Spanish cinema will foreseeably close the year 2021 of the coronavirus pandemic with a box office of less than 40 million euros, which is the lowest figure since the beginning of the 21st century and worsen the figures of the previous year marked by the pandemic, according to provisional data collected by Europa Press from the Ministry of Culture and Sports, in the absence of closing the year.

Despite the momentum that the box office has gained in the last month thanks to the premieres of films such as ‘Way down’, by Jaume Balagueró or ‘The good patron’, by Fernando León de Aranoa, or the recovery that the announcement of the films always supposes Candidates for the Goya Awards, the box office at the beginning of this month registered 34.7 million euros and 5.8 million viewers.

Finally, in 2020, Spanish cinema registered a total of 43 million euros and 7.3 million viewers, a figure that already then represented the worst mark in the last two decades – and which made up thanks to the good work of ‘ Father there is only one 2 ‘-. That year, despite starting the first two months at a very good pace, there were both two months of confinement and severe restrictions on capacity, which hurt the box office.

In 2021 there have also been sanitary restrictions, especially in the first months of the year, so the figures are still marked by covid-19. That is why it is still very far from previous years, such as 2019, when 94.1 million euros and 16 million viewers were reached.

While in 2018 the collection stood at 103.7 million euros, with ‘Champions’ leading the ranking (19 million euros), in 2017, a similar figure was reached, thanks in part to the impulse of’ Tadeo Jones 2 ‘(17.9 million euros). In fact, the box office record for Spanish cinema came in 2014 – 125.7 million euros – with the effect ‘Eight Basque surnames’ (56 million euros).

On the contrary, the lowest figures at the box office throughout this century are those of the year 2013, with 70.2 million euros; and those of the year 2000 itself, with 53.7 million euros, according to the Statistics of Cinematography: Production, Exhibition, Distribution and Promotion of the Ministry of Culture and Sports consulted by Europa Press.


The year 2021 has in the comedy ‘A todo tren. Destino Asturias’ – released in the summer – to the outstanding collection leader, thanks to its 8.4 million euros and 1.5 million viewers. Once again, Santiago Segura is once again the highest-grossing director of the year, with a cast led by Leo Harlem and Florentino Fernández.

After this title, a film released in mid-November, ‘Way down’ by Jaume Balagueró, seems to boost the box office of Spanish cinema at the end of the year, with 3.5 million euros collected and 562,893 viewers with just three weeks on the billboard.

A comedy like ‘Operación Camarón’, released in June this year, occupies the third position thanks to 3.3 million euros collected and 562,579 viewers. Meanwhile, the drama ‘Maixabel’, the film by Icíar Bollaín about the repentant of the terrorist band ETA and released in September also reaches good numbers: 2.7 million euros and a little over half a million viewers.

‘The Good Pattern’, the Spanish film selected for the Oscars, has exceeded 2.6 million euros and has gathered 426,514 viewers since its premiere in October. Other tapes such as ‘Parallel Mothers’, by Pedro Almodóvar –2.5 million euros and 418,312 viewers – or the animation of ‘D’Artacan’ –1.1 million euros and 216,551 viewers – are also at the top in this cinematic ‘black’ year.


This dramatic situation has already been dealt with recently by Spanish film producers. Mariela Besuievski, producer of Tornasol and member of the board of directors of AECINE (State Film Association), has described the current situation of box office collection in movie theaters as “worrying”, but warns that the measures to mitigate the losses caused by the “hurricane” of the pandemic will take time to arrive.

“The health of the box office is worrying and is one of the challenges for the coming months, but we will have to wait, because creating an alarm at a time when you are in the middle of the hurricane is dangerous,” Beuievski said in statements to Europe Press during the celebration of the General Assembly of European independent producers held in Madrid.

“It is an objective fact that there are fewer viewers, but also a health alarm. You have to ask for patience, although you cannot always have it due to financial problems,” the producer pointed out.

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