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Swiss cinemas record 10.5 million admissions in 2023

Swiss cinemas recorded 10.5 million admissions last year. That was 16% less than in 2019, but 21% more than in 2022.

At 6.3%, the market share of Swiss films in 2023 was higher than in the previous year, the Federal Statistical Office (FSO) announced in Neuchâtel on Monday. The increase amounted to 1.2 percentage points. The domestic market share was significantly higher in German-speaking Switzerland than in the other language regions.

The original language of more than half of the Swiss films shown in Swiss cinemas last year was German or Swiss German.

Audiences are gradually returning to Swiss cinemas, the FSO writes further. Admissions exceeded the ten million mark for the first time since 2019. In 2023, 100 more films were shown in cinemas than in the previous year, but nine fewer new releases. The number of screenings was five percent lower than in 2022.

The decline in these two figures shows that the significant increase in admissions is mainly attributable to blockbusters. The four films Barbie, Avatar: The Way of Water, The Super Mario Bros, Movie and Oppenheimer alone generated almost a quarter of all admissions.

According to the FSO, cinema prices have also risen slightly. In 2023, a movie ticket cost CHF 16.30 on average in Switzerland. This was 2.6 percent more than in the previous year.


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