Spanish cinemas halted their recovery in May: 'Cruella' leads a list of the highest grossing companies marked by diversity

After a spectacular month of April in which movie theaters experienced a large increase in revenue and spectators, exceeding 13.5 million euros at the box office and 2.2 million attendees, market data for May 2021 showed a slight decrease caused, among other potential factors, by the absence of a premiere with the punch of ‘Godzilla vs. Kong ‘.

Last month, 1.8 million viewers went to Spanish cinemas, leaving a sum of 10.8 million euros in the box office; figures that, without a doubt, have missed a title with a launch as forceful as the last installment of the MonsterVerse, which in April returned to crown the top with the most viewed with 3.3 million euros collected.

Handing out the cake

Instead of this, the May box office has used several films with similar amounts to overcome the barrier of 10 million, being led by ‘Cruella’, who before the end of the year reaped 0.7 million euros. This was followed by ‘Nobody’, with 0.65 million euros and the film by Fernando Trueba ‘The forgetfulness that we will be’, which gave the surprise by placing in third position with 0.6 million euros.

The top 5 with the most viewed was closed by ‘Spiral: Saw’ with 0.57 million euros and ‘Nomadland’, which clings to the top positions of the table two months after its premiere – at the end of March – with other 0.56 million that are added to a total of 2.1 million collected.

Talking about distributorsAlthough Disney owns two of the top five most-viewed titles last month – ‘Nomadland’ and ‘Cruella’ – it has only managed to get the silver medal in market share; something quite commendable if we take into account that it only had one premiere and three titles screened. The gold medal went to a Warner Bros. that released three films throughout May, which screened a whopping 31, and found in the re-release of ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King’ his most successful film, with 0.48 million euros amassed.


While open cinemas continue to grow —we went from April 472 to May 492—, Everything seems to indicate that this June the box office could experience a considerable increase thanks to the magnificent debut of ‘The Warren File: Forced by the devil’ and premieres such as ‘A quiet place 2’ or ‘In a New York neighborhood’. Be that as it may, it is nice to see how the machinery is active again.

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