National films dominated in Lithuanian cinemas in 2019


The Purple Fog (lit. Purpurinis rūkas)

The Lithuanian Film Centre reveals local box office results of 2019. With three national films making it to Top 10 most popular films, Lithuanian cinema lovers are sending a strong message: they are big fans of national production and are waiting for more.

In total 23 Lithuanian films (2 more than in 2018) were released in 2019. National production accounted for 19.64% of the whole market (27.9% in 2018), while European films represented a market share of 15.77% (11.8% in 2018) and US production – 60.88% (58.7% in 2018).

The productivity of national filmmakers remained stable with 52 new films of various lengths and genres were created (17 features and 16 documentaries) last year. The total number of admissions was 4 m. with the total revenue from tickets reaching EUR 22.5 m.

Lithuanian comedy Pats sau milijonierius by Tadas Vidmantas became the most popular film in 2019. The film, which was released in October, attracted 204,860 filmgoers leaving Todd Phillips‘ Joker with 155,986 filmgoers in the second place.

Two other Lithuanian films made it to the Top Ten: Donatas Ulvydas’ comedy Ir visi jų vyrai in fifth place with 120,707 viewers, and Ramūnas Rudokas’ criminal drama Pasmerkti. Kauno romanas in ninth place with 88,763 viewers.

Notably, 2019 was not only productive but also successful for director Donatas Ulvydas, who released two films. With 40,040 views, his Valstybės paslaptis about former president Dalia Grybauskaitė became the most popular documentary in Lithuania last year.

Last year was also successful for arthouse filmmakers. Raimundas Banionis’ drama The Purple Fog saw 33 038 viewers, Marija Kavtaradzę’s film Summer Survivors – 26 328, and Ernestas Jankauskas’ Sasha was Here – 22 413.

A total of 379 films were screened Lithuanian cinemas in 2019.

TOP 10 in Lithuanian cinemas of 2018

FILM Admissions   GBO (Eur)
Fake Millionaire (lit. Pats sau milijonierius) (LT) 204 860 1 259 262 €
Joker 155 986 982 356 €
The Lion King 154 363 815 863 €
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World 134 218 674 098 €
And All the Men (lit. Ir visi jų vyrai) (LT) 121 123 690 896 €
Secret Life of Pets 2 111 307 522 173 €
Frozen 2 99 784 511 961 €
Avengers: Endgame 92 523 566 245 €
Pasmerkti. Kauno romanas (LT) 88 763 508 889 €
Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood 76 044 457 353 €

TOP 10 Lithuanian films in Lithuanian cinemas of 2019

FILM Admissions GBO (Eur)
Fake Millionaire (lit. Pats sau milijonierius) (LT) 204 860 1 259 262 €
And All the Men (lit. Ir visi jų vyrai) (LT) 121 123 690 896 €
Pasmerkti. Kauno romanas (rež. Ramūnas Rudokas) 88 763 508 889 €
Pasmerkti. Pajūrio džiazas (rež. Ramūnas Rudokas) 71 723 439 646 €
Between Us Girls (lit. Tarp mūsų, mergaičių) 54 953 309 434 €
The State Secret (lit. Valstybės paslaptis) 40 040 214 476 €
The Purple Fog (lit. Purpurinis rūkas) 33 038 159 978 €
The Wedding (lit. Vestuvės) 28 122 147 515 €
Summer Survivors (lit. Išgyventi vasarą) 26 328 139 510 €
Sasha was Here (lit. Čia buvo Saša) 22 413 120 454 €