Warner Bros. Tops Spain

Originally posted on Variety:

MADRID – Adding another major market crown to No. 1 rankings in the U.K. and France, Warner Bros. topped Spanish distributor charts in 2013 for the forth year running, punching a 17% market share.

Universal came second, its movies taking 14% of Spain’s total box office.

Unlike France, one U.S. Warner title towered over the rest in Spain, a sign of now far-more-selective cinema-going in the country: “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” grossed €14.3 million ($19.4 million) in 2013 off a Dec. 13 bow.

Still counting, “The Hobbit 2” has already chalked up $20.8 million through Jan. 5. It looks on track to cume about $24 million, making it Spain’s only 2013 release to blast past the $20 million benchmark.

A bevy of Warner Bros. U.S. titles did, however, still notch up notable results in a highly depressed Spanish theatrical market. “Gravity” scored $11.1 million in theatrical box office…

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