Who earns how much at the cinema?

How are the revenues shared?

The fact that the box office figures in the first quarter of 2022 are very close to the box office figures of the pre-pandemic period shows that the effect of the pandemic has completely disappeared from the cinema? What do the high audience figures in the cinema industry say despite digital platforms?

Due to the closure of cinemas due to the pandemic, there will be a two-week outage in the first quarter of 2020. For this reason, by comparing the first quarters of 2022 and 2019, the extent of cinema interest compared to the pre-pandemic period can be analyzed in more detail.

The cash register numbers for the first quarters of 2019 and 2022 are only 1,401,312 people apart. Considering that the number of films released in the first quarter of 2022 is lower than other years, we can assume that the gap of 1,401,312 people has almost closed.

Looking at first-quarter box office numbers, we may think that the impact of the pandemic in cinemas is over.
Is this situation really that heartwarming or is it an exceptional situation?
Because in the first quarter of 2022 (January 1 – March 31), 5,051,475 (31.2%) of 16,153,965 tickets for “Bergen” were issued.

This situation inevitably comes to mind: “Is the impact of the pandemic really over in theaters, or is the rise in box office numbers due to ‘Bergen’ alone?” brings the question.

Because “Bergen” has brought a lot of movement to the cinema industry since it was released on March 4th. Due to the interest in “Bergen” the number of halls was increased. As a result, screenings of many films were postponed.

Ferhat Aslan, COO of CJ ENM Turkey, the film’s distributor, assessed the grossing and viewership figures of “Bergen”.

Ferhat Aslan

Ferhat Aslan

Ferhat Aslan also answered my question about how the income from the films is divided between the producers and the cinema operators. Aslan also made important statements about the impact of digital platforms on cinema and what will happen in the process that the film industry awaits from now on.

Take for example the revenue share of “Bergen”, the most watched film of the first quarter; “Bergen”, watched by 5,197,256 viewers as of April 7, brought in 152,355,775 TL. According to Ferhat Aslan’s data on revenue sharing, the Bergen Producer Company’s share of the revenue is around TL 60 million. Of course, this money is not net profit. Producers’ profits are determined after deducting expenses for the film.

The producer’s profit is after deducting the budget spent on pre-production, filming, post-production, promotion and marketing of the film. It took 4 years to prepare “Bergen” and it is a very costly film to produce as it is a historical film that brings different eras to the screen. With this calculation, it can be said that the information on the manufacturer’s earnings is greatly exaggerated.

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