This 2022, some thirty titles screened in Mexican theaters did not manage to sell a thousand tickets, either because they are documentaries, programmed in few theaters or with complex schedules, among other reasons.
According to figures extracted from a list provided by the National Chamber of the Film Industry, many of them were distributed independently or had the idea behind them going to a niche audience, not necessarily a mass one.
RRR and KFG: Bharat Se Chapter 2 filled 734 and 194 seats during their launches in March and April, respectively.
Documentary about the Norwegian group A-ha, the creator of the song “Take on Me” and the British Duran Duran from “The Reflex” overcame the barrier of 900 tickets purchased by the public.
Mexican stories also appear in this list. Trevecia and actor Eduardo Arrouelo’s debut film The Mandela Effect, made with naturalistic actors, garnered 534 and 977 attendees, respectively, according to the chamber, which brings together exhibitors, distributors and producers based in Mexico.
Chili Lime Lime; The American Blue Bayou and the Guatemalan winner, Nuestras Madres, at Cannes 2018 reached 800 ticket sales, i.e. each would have filled the largest halls of the Mexican exhibition series on two occasions.
Figures for this section of films were well below re-released titles from this year and previous decades, such as The Thing (1982), Dracula (1992) and Poltergeist (1982), which together had 21,000 attendees.
During the year that is about to end, close to 200 million tickets were sold in Mexico, more than double the number registered in 2021 but almost half as many as in 2019 before the pandemic.
Chamber director Tabata Villar Villa indicates that the box office is slowly recovering, hoping that the next 12 months will manage to surpass the numbers of 2022, in which more than 200 titles were released on the big screen.