Maltese film productions attracted just under 14,000 cinemagoers in 2019 registering a total €99,000 gross box office. Data by the National Statistics Office shows that there were 14 local productions last year, totalling a combined 650 screenings.
Nine in every ten of films watched at cinema theatres were produced in the US, while 1.9 percent were made in Malta. By the end of 2019, cinemas registered almost 750,000 admissions generating a total gross box office topping €5 million.
Of the 409 film titles screened, ‘The Lion King’, ‘Aladdin’, and ‘Joker’ were the most popular attracting nearly a quarter of all cinemagoers between them.
The favourite genre among film enthusiasts was non-animated fiction, attracting 72 percent of all admissions and projecting 238 different titles. Animation films were the second-most popular, accounting to 26 percent of ticket sales, but Live/Encore screenings were second-highest in terms of releases, with 65 productions.
There are six operating cinemas in Malta with a combined 28 screens and a total seating capacity of 5,700. Eleven of the screens are set up for 3D productions, which accounted to 18 percent of all admissions last year.