According to Statistics Estonia, there were over 2.3 million cinema visits in 2011, which is the highest level of the last 19 years.
The cinema attendance was higher last in 1992, when there were 3.4 million cinema visits. Compared to 2010, the number of cinema visits increased by over 200,000 in 2011.
A total of 301 films were shown in the cinemas of Estonia in 2011. Most of them were imported from the United States of America and European countries (143 and 110 films, respectively). During the last years the share of the US films has decreased and the share of European films has increased.
40 Estonian films were shown in cinemas, which is also a record of the last two decades. The attendance of the Estonian films was over 236,000 persons, which is a tenth of the total number of cinema attendance. The most popular Estonian films were “Lotte and the Moonstone Secret”, “Kormorans”, “Idiot” and “Rattrap”. “Lotte and the Moonstone Secret” with 64,000 visits was on the remarkable sixth position with regard to the attendance chart of Estonian film distributors.
The average cinema ticket price, which had fallen slightly in 2010 in relation to opening several new cinemas, being 3.6 euros, increased again in 2011. The average cinema ticket cost 4.1 euros in 2011.
In 2011, 13 Estonian-made full length films were released, of which some were co-productions with foreign partners. Eight of them were feature films, four long documentaries and after several years there was released one full length animation in Estonia. In 2011, a total of 187 films were released in Estonia, of which 154 were short films and 33 full length films. The majority of them had their premiere in television.