European cinema markets consolidate steadily

February 02, 2017  | Subscribers Only

David Hancock David Hancock Director – Research and Analysis, Cinema & Home Entertainment
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Cinema consolidation is a hot topic within the cinema exhibition sector,

driven by a spate of acquisitions at the top of the market. The leading global

exhibitor, Dalian Wanda, now controls 8.2% of the world’s screens, double that

of last year. This figure is without the latest proposed acquisition of Nordic

Cinema Group. The leading 10 exhibitors, by screen count, account for 28.5% of all screens, quite fragmented by the standards of some industries but historically high for the cinema exhibition sector. This process is expected to accelerate in coming years, with a number of groups aiming to expand globally.


  • Concentration in Western European cinema exhibition is happening but at a measured rate
  • Concentration in CE Europe doubled in a decade due to the growth of dominant multiplex groups
  • Bulgaria, Romania, Portugal and UK are the most concentrated markets; Czech Rep and Italy the lowest   

List of tables and charts:

  • Europe: market share of leading five exhibitors, by screens

Number of pages: 3

Number of tables and charts: 1

David Hancock

Director – Research and Analysis, Cinema & Home Entertainment

Mr. David Hancock is a director of Research and Analysis for Cinema & Home Entertainment at IHS Markit.

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