CINEMAS: Mexico’s film box office plunged drastically in 2020 to its worst level in 20 years amid the coronavirus pandemic with ticket sales totaling US 184 million, according to estimates by Comscore Mexico. Mexico is among world’s top ten box office markets.
REOPENING: Less than half of Mexico’s 977 movie complexes have reopened since the pandemic forced their closure back in March according to data by the National Chamber of the Film Industry (CANACINE). The number of tickets sold in 2020 was estimated at 64.7 million.
SUPPORT: “(For movie theaters to recover) support from the federal and state governments is required. There are thousands of families who depend directly or indirectly on the ability to show films in theaters”, said Luis Vargas, vice president of Comscore Latin America.
MARKETS: In 2019, Mexico was world’s the eight-largest box office market just behind Germany and ahead Russia according to the US Motion Picture Association (MPA). Like in other sectors, the Mexican government has provided the movie entertainment industry limited relief amid the crisis.