Last 30 Years’ Record: More than 50 Million Cinema Audiences!
321 New Films in 52 Weeks
321 New films met the cinema audiences at the end of 52 weeks in 2013. The number of both the Turkish and the foreign films increased this year. The number of Turkish film productions which has increased in the last years, increased by 372% to 85 in the last 10 years. On the other hand, the number of foreign films which was 221 in 2012 increased to 236 in 2013. Since 1980, the total number of the movies in theaters was more than 300 for the first time in 2013.
Numbers of Movies in Theaters (2004-2013)
Movies According to Their Country of Origin
The country of origin of the 321 movies released in theaters in 2013 are as follows: U.S.A. (120), Turkey (85), France (14), other countries, including co-productions (102). It seems that American films are more popular, but the percentage of Turkish films released in theaters increases every year.
7 of the 85 Turkish movies released in 2013 are co-productions.
Total Ticket Sales and Box Office
The Highest Ticket Sales in the Last 30 Years
Number of Cinema Audiences (2004-2013)
Box office revenue of movies which was 421 million Turkish Liras in 2012, increased by 20% to 505 millions in 2013. Box office revenue of the Turkish movies increased to over 200 millions and reached 270,5 million Turkish Liras. Although the proportion of revenue of the foreign movies was higher in the last 4 years (2009-2012), the proportion of revenue of Turkish movies increased to 54% of total revenue in 2013.
The number of movies released in theatres increased to over 300 and the number of moviegoers which was about 41 millions in the last 4 years (2009-2012) increased to over 50 millions in 2013, the highest number since 1980. The number of cinema audiences of Turkish movies reached 28.990.793 and the total number of cinema audiences reached 50.405.020 this year.
Box Office Revenue of Turkish/Foreign Movies (2005-2013)
Proportion of Revenue of Turkish/Foreign Movies (2005-2013)
The average movie ticket price in Turkey was 10 Turkish Liras in 2013 and the movies released in theatres sold the highest number of tickets in the last 30 years. The average number of moviegoers during a cinema session was about 17.
Average Movie Ticket Price
Most Watched Movies
The moviegoers preferred the Turkish film productions in 2013. Nine of the 10 most watched movies were Turkish films and the only foreign film in the list was “Fast and Furios 6”.
The most popular movie in theatres was “Düğün Dernek” which was released in the first week of December 2013 and “CM101MMXI Fundamentals” was the second. The third film on the list was “Celal ile Ceren” produced by Şahan Gökbakar. These three productions at the top of the list of the 10 most watched films are comedy movies.
“Kelebeğin Rüyası” (The Butterfly’s Dream) which was produced by Yılmaz Erdoğan and supported by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism was the fourth and “Selam” directed by Süleyman Levent Demirkale was the fifth on the list.
The other productions on the list are “Hükümet Kadın 2”, “Romantik Komedi 2”, “Hükümet Kadın” and “Benim Dünyam” (My World).
The number of cinema audiences of 5 of the movies released in 2013 increased to over 2 millions. On the other hand, the number of audiences of 10 of the movies in theatres increased to over 1 million. 44% percent of all moviegoers preferred these films.
The film “Fast and Furious” was at the top of the list of the 10 most watched foreign films. The second production on the list was “The Smurfs 2” and the third was “The Hobbit: The Desolation of the Smaug”. The other productions on the list were: “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”, “World War Z”, “Iron Man 3”, “Despicable Me 2”, “Thor: The Dark World”, “Wolverine” and “Rise of the Guardians”.
Film Distribution Companies
Most of the 85 new Turkish movies in theatres in 2013 were distributed by UIP Türkiye. The other companies on the list of major film distributers were Tiglon, Pinema, M3 Film and Özen Film.
The distributors of most of the foreign movies released in theatres in 2013 were these three companies: Tiglon, M3 Film and Pinema.
The 10 most watched Turkish films in 2013 were produced by BKM, CMYLMAZ Fikirsanat, Çamaşırhane, Neyir Film, Boyut Film, TMC Film and Avşar Film in partnership with DNZ Film. BKM produced 4 of these films: “Düğün Dernek” which was released in the last month of 2013 and became the most popular film of the year, “Kelebeğin Rüyası” (The Butterfly’s Dream) which was the “Best Foreign Movie” candidate for 2014 Oscar nomination, “Hükümet Kadın” and “Hükümet Kadın 2”.
Evaluation and Classification
The 85 Turkish movies released in 2013 in were rated as follows:
28 movies: “General Audiences”, 27 movies: “7+”, 17 movies: “13+”, 3 movies: “15+”, 1 movie: “18+”, 6 movies: “7A” and 3 movies: “13A”
The 236 foreign movies released in Turkey in 2013 were rated as follows:
35 movies: “General Audiences”, 62 movies: “7+”, 6 movies: “7A”, 55 movies: “13+”, 4 movies: “13A”, 49 movies: “15+” and 25 movies: “18+”.
The Turkish movies supported by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and released in 2013
After the Ministry of Culture and Tourism made the Law numbered 5224 about the Evaluation, Classification and Support of Cinema Films in 2004, the support given to Turkish feature films and to the other sections of the cinema sector contributed a lot to the development of Turkish cinema and to its global competitiveness. Since 2005, 282 feature films were supported by approximately 66,5 milyon Turkish Liras. As a result, the number of new productions and the success of Turkish films in important film festivals all around the world and the awards given to them increased. 20 Film productions were supported by 7.033.646 Turkish Liras in 2013. 26 of the 85 films (30%) released in 2013 were supported by the Ministry. These are as follows:
Kelebeğin Rüyası (The Butterfly’s Dream),
Çanakkale: Yolun Sonu,
Mahmut ile Meryem,
Zerre (The Particle),
Bir Gevrek, Bir Boyoz, İki de Kumru,
Kral Yolu: Olba Krallığı,
Benimle Oynar mısın?,
Üç Yol: Mostar’dan Hasankeyf’e,
Yarım Kalan Mucize,
The awards given to the movies supported by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and released in 2013
These movies won awards at important national and international film festivals and contributed a lot to the promotion of Turkish Cinema.
Mahmut Fazıl Coşkun’s second movie “Yozgat Blues” and “Gözümün Nuru” directed by Hakkı Kurtuluş and Melik Saraçoğlu shared the “Best Film” award in the 20th International Golden Boll Film Festival. “Yozgat Blues” also won the “Best Film” award and the “Best Director” award in the 4th Malatya International Film Festival and “Best Actor” award in the 32th İstanbul International Film Festival.
Ali Aydın won “Best First Feature” award in the 69th Venice Film Festival and “Best Film” (Golden Apple) award in the 13th Frankfurt International Film Festival for his movie “Küf” (Mold).
“Zerre” (The Particle) directed by Erdem Tepegöz won the “Best Film” and “Best Actress” awards in the 35th Moscow International Film Festival, the “Best Screenplay” and the “Best Actress” award in New York Eurasian Film Festival, the “Best Film” and the “Best Director” awards in the 49th International Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival and the “Best Director” award in the 14th Tbilisi International Film Festival.
“Kelebeğin Rüyası” (The Butterfly’s Dream) directed by Yılmaz Erdoğan and released in February 2013, was one of the most popular films in Turkey and was selected by the national jury which consists of 13 members as the “Best Foreign Language Film” candidate for 2014 Oscar nomination.