Spain Box Office Rises 8.6 Percent in 2015, Led by Local Hit

Spanish Affair 2 Still - H 2015
Courtesy of Telecinco Cinema

'The Spanish Affair 2,' 'Minions,' 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens,' 'Jurassic World' and 'Inside Out' were the year's top performers.

The Spanish box office posted an 8.6 percent increase in revenue in 2015 to hit €571.5 million ($614.2 million), thanks to the strong performance of a slew of local hits that snagged large audiences — led by the year’s top performer A Spanish Affair 2 — and Hollywood hits.

Distributed by Universal in Spain, Telecinco Cinema’s follow-up to 2014’s record-breaking Spanish Affair has earned $33 million and sits atop the year-end box-office rankings.

Ticket sales continued to grow in 2015 to 94 million, a 7.1 percent increase over the previous year. It's the second consecutive rise in year-over-year results, following 2013's 18 percent dive. 

The Spanish film industry seems to have bounced back since the dark days of 2012 and 2013 when it seemed there was no light at the end of the tunnel, with plunging theater attendance, skyrocketing piracy and austerity measures that slashed subsidies and hiked the sales tax on movie admissions.

Last year's figures are a far cry from 2004's record-setting €691.6 million ($757.9 million, using current currency conversion) or 2009's €666 million ($714 million, according to today's conversion). But that figure was before Spain's financial crisis and in the heyday of mushrooming multiplexes. 

Rentrak Spain’s provisional figures show Minions sitting in the second spot in the rankings for 2015 with $25.8 million, followed by Star Wars: The Force Awakens with $24.1 million, Jurassic World with $23.8 million and Inside Out with $22.6 million.

Notably, one in five tickets sold was for a Spanish film, the second-best mark in decades and behind only 2014's one-in-four ratio.

A handful of local films soared past the €1 million threshold. In addition to A Spanish Affair 2, the animated Capture the Flag scored €11 million ($11.8 million); Pediendo el Norte earned €10 million ($10.75 million); Alejandro Amenabar’s Regression, starring Emma Watson and Ethan Hawke, raked in €9 million ($9.67 million); and wedding comedy Ahora o Nunca grossed €8 million ($8.6 million), according to Rentrak Spain.

Spanish films accounted for $117 million at the 2015 Spanish box office, compared to 2014’s $138 million, according to Rentrak Spain.