Wolf of Wall Street, Hobbit lead upswing in Hungary box office


Cinema ticket sales came to HUF 13.2 billion (almost $60 million) in 2013, up from HUF 11.9 billion in ‘12, according to statistics released by the Hungarian Film Distributors Association (MFE) yesterday. Director Sándor Feldmajer informed newspaper Világgazdaság that the number of cinema attendees increased some 500,000 year-on-year in 2013 to 9.9 million. 

However, Feldmajer had to admit that Hungarian box office has yet to reach the peak level of HUF 12 million tickets sold in 2006.

As for the movies themselves, The Wolf of Wall Street ($2,454,420) just barely nudged out The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug ($2,421,573) to claim the Hungarian box office’s top two spots in income. The other two flicks to top $2 million in Hungary were Frozen and Iron Man 3.

A total of 15 films all grossed over $1 million in Hungary in 2013 and altogether accounted for nearly 35% of all box office in the country. According to movie industry-centric website BoxOfficeMojo.com, a total of 136 feature-length films played in Hungarian cinemas last year.

Following the above-mentioned four films in terms of Hungarian box-office gross intake were Despicable Me 2; Gravity; We're the Millers; The Hangover Part III; Last Vegas; The Smurfs 2; Grown Ups 2; Thor: The Dark World; Django Unchained; The Hunger Games: Catching Fire; and 47 Ronin.

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