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A Record Year for Dutch Cinema

Despite the global financial crisis, the Dutch motion picture theater industry entertained a record number of moviegoers in 2011.

Dutch movie theaters sold a record-breaking 30 million movie tickets in 2011, the country’s best box office year since 1978. This was due in large part to the broadened appeal of Dutch-made films last year.

That announced Wilco Wolfers, chairman of the NFC in the Pathé Tuschinski Theatre in Amsterdam.

The most popular movie of 2011 was “Gooische Vrouwen“, with more than 1.9 million visitors, a record which was last achieved in 1986 with the movie Flodder. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 ranks second with more than 1.3 million visitors, and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides ranks third with more than one million visitors. At four and five are the Smurfs, with over 877,000 visitors, and The Hangover Part 2, with nearly 766,000 visitors.

Other Dutch blockbusters were Nova Zembla 3D, The first Dutch 3D movie which attracted over 623,327 visitors, but is still running. Sonny Boy drew 417,270 visitors, New Kids Turbo 358,452 visitors, but in 2010 there were well over one million and New Kids Nitro 366,887 so far.

The share of Dutch films in overall attendance numbers rose from 14.8 percent in 2010 to 22 percent last year. An increase in viewers from 4.4 to 6.8 million in the past year.

The success of the Dutch cinemas, movie theaters and arthouses, are mainly due to the success of the Dutch movies, the introduction of 3D movies and the increase in the number of cinemas and seats, according to the Dutch film industry.

Despite the success of Dutch cinema, the cinema industry is concerned about the announced cuts. The industry expects that there will be fewer Dutch movies to be released in 2013.

Watch the trailer of Gooische Vrouwen, the most popular movie of 2011.