Based on the numbers published by the Czech Union of Film Distributors (UFD), exactly 2 708 915 viewers found their way to Czech cinemas to see animated films. The overall proceeds from ticket sales climbed to 354 021 870 CZK. The numbers summarize the period from January to December 2015 and include films that made it to the TOP 20 according to the UFD. The list, however, does not include a single film made at least partly in the Czech Republic.
The list includes thirteen films made predominantly with 3D animation. Majority of them was produced in the USA. On the top of the list is the box office hit Minions produced in the USA in cooperation with French studios. The second place belongs to the fourth instalment of the legendary Jurassic Park series and third on the list is Hotel Transylvania 2.
As proven by the number of viewers, the relatively small Czech market shows some potential. „The absence of Czech animated films is caused by several factors. Currently, the competitiveness of Czech companies and authors is on a very low level. They are unfortunately incapable of recognizing and responding to European and worldwide trends in the field of animation. We can also observe a lack of concept approach by the public as well as private spheres,“ explains Ing. Marek Toušek, Association of Czech Animation Film (ASAF) Chairman.
In developed countries, animation is a significant part of creative industries. That is one of the reasons that Czech government passed a filmmaking concept for 2010-2016. This strategy addresses main targets regarding the market and employment. There are not many fields with possibilities for economic growth and employment. ASAF is taking concrete steps towards a change and tries to ignite a discussion between authors and authorities responsible for animated films. The list makes it apparent that it is worth it to invest into bigger projects. They are the backbone of a working animation industry, can generate profits and employ a bigger number of authors.
Czech Republic has a long tradition in animation and names such as Jiří Trnka, Břetislav Pojar, Karel Zeman, Hermína Týrlová and Jan Švankmajer are known around the world. It seems, however, that we are resting on our laurels, incapable of exploiting our potential. But every cloud has a silver lining. We know that this year will see the premiere of the 3D animated film Oddgluttons (Lichožrouti) produced completely in the Czech Republic. At least one swallow to which we wish success.
|Title||Overall Box Office||Overall Admissions||Month of Premiere||Country|
|The Little Dragon||585 269||4 448||August||GER|
|Snoopy and Charlie Brown: A Peanuts Movie||5 484 088||43 385||December||US|
|Astérix: Le domaine des dieux||7 813 060||64 317||February – June||FR|
|Good Dinosaur||9 371 817||78 977||December||US|
|Shaun the Sheep Movie||12 738 650||119 697||April – July||UK|
|Paddington||18 759 690||166 003||January – June||UK|
|Penguins of Madagascar|
|31 096 796||257 428||January – February||US|
|SpongeBob SquarePants 2||32 601 846||248 533||February – June||US|
|Inside Out||35 815 035||278 054||July – December||US|
|43 491 075||330 912||October – December||US|
|Jurassic World||50 303 687||331 443||July – October||US|
|The Minions||105 921 930||785 355||June – December||US|
|Total||354 021 780||2 708 915|