ANCINE, the Brazilian Cinema Agency, made public last week a market report on data from the Brazilian theatrical exhibition park. The data provides the sector’s evolution from 1971 to 2018.
The main highlight is the total number of movie theaters, which overcame the historic milestone reached in the 1970s. Today Brazil has 3.347 theaters, the largest number ever since. Surprisingly, the number of street located movie theaters is also growing: from 351 in 2016 to 373 in 2018, another record.
However, the increased number of movie theaters was not followed by an increase in the number of tickets sold. The report shows a 9.8% decrease in the number of tickets sold between 2017 and 2018.
The study also informs that, despite not among the 10 countries with the largest number of movie theaters, Brazil has presented a constant average growth in the last 5 years, remaining in the 4th position among countries in that list. Within the country, North and Northeast regions are the ones with the highest expansion rate in the past seven years, with growth of 101.8% and 93%, respectively. The Southeast remains to have the largest number of theaters: 52% of the total.
Finally, the data also shows that there was a significant technological advance in the sector: in 2017, 100% of the theaters were digitalized. By 2018, 1.752 theaters (more than half) were already equipped for 3D movie exhibition.