Dutch Box Office: $340 Million Take in 2013

The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug Bloom as Legolas - H 2013
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The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug Bloom as Legolas - H 2013

“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” tops box-office charts while local hits account for a 20.5 percent market share.

2013 was another treat for the Dutch industry as box-office revenue in the Netherlands continued to tick up, beating 2012's near-record levels to finish at $340 million (249.3 million euros) with admissions increasing 0.8 percent.

Hollywood fare dominated the market, led by The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, which has grossed more than $11 million in the territory. But Dutch films held their own, carving out a 20.5 percent share of the market. Top local hits were the comedy Loving Ibiza, which earned around $8 million, and the documentary The New Wilderness, which came in at just over $7 million.

Winnie Sorgdrager, president of the Dutch distributors association the NVB, praised the local industry, which she said has managed to emerge largely untouched by the economic crisis that has hit much of Europe. Sorgdrager in particular singled out Dutch exhibitors' willingness to upgrade their cinema technology and introduce new subscription programs to keep up with the demands of frequent moviegoers. But she noted that Dutch art house films remain a niche phenomenon. The top Dutch art house title last year was Borgman, which earned $844,000 in local release.