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Iran reports 35 percent increase in movie box office revenue

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
File photo shows people lining to buy tickets inside a cinema north of Tehran.

Official data released by the Iranian government shows revenues from movie box office has increased by more than a third in the first three months of the current Iranian calendar year which began in March.

The official IRNA agency said in a report that revenues had increased by more than 35 percent to reach above 1.14 trillion rials (nearly $10 million) on June 21, 2019.

The data provided by Iran’s cinema administration organization showed that nearly 10 million people went to cinemas across the country in the three-month period.

Domestic films accounted for almost the entire income from the box office as foreign movies are not screened in Iran due to issues such as copy rights, censorship and the general lack of interest among the public.

The IRNA said Iran recorded a similar level of growth in revenues from films last year as ticket sales increased by over 40 percent in the 6-month period ending in September 2018.

It said some 47 new cinema halls were built across Iran in the same period, helping to increase the number of viewers by 30 percent.

The total annual revenue recorded in Iran’s box office until March 2019 stood at 2.31 trillion rials (nearly $20 million), said the report. 

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