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Statistical Yearbook of Mexican Cinema 2016

IMCINE has presented the Statistical Yearbook of Mexican cinema, outlining the most important film data and statistics from last year. The statistics point out certain positive trends, including a rise in audiences for both international and Mexican films.

Below are some of the most important statistics in terms of the production, exhibition and distribution of Mexican cinema in 2016:

  • Inhabitants of Mexico: 123 million
  • Total cinema audience: 321 million
  • Audience for Mexican Films: 30.5 million
  • Annual average cinema attendance per inhabitant: 2
  • Total Box Office takings: $14808 million MXN
  • Average ticket price: $49MXN
  • Cinema complexes: 698
  • Cinema screens: 6,225
  • Percentage of digital screens: 96%
  • Cinema Clubs: 460
  • National Film Festivals: 133
  • Premiers: 407
  • Premiers of Mexican Films: 90
  • Captain America: Civil War was the most watched film in Mexico in 2016, with almost 14.5 million viewers. The film was screened on 5,422 screens.
  • ¿Qué culpa tiene el niño? was the most watched Mexican film in 2016 with 5.9 million viewers.
  • Number of Mexican films produced: 162
  • Percentage of Mexican films supported by the state: 55%
  • Percentage of first feature films from a director: 51%
  • Percentage of second or third feature films from a director: 31%
  • Percentage of films from established directors: 18%
  • Number of Mexican short films produced: 564
  • Percentage of Mexican digital documentaries: 35%
  • International prizes for Mexican cinema: 100 (including the Silver Lion for Amat Escalante for La región salvaje)
  • Mexican film on public television with most viewers: Terror y encajes negros (1985) y Luis Alcoriza
  • Mexican film on cable television with most viewers: Dos tipos de cuidado.

  • With a total of 162 Mexican films produced in 2016, the historical record on 1958 has once again been surpassed.
  • Production not supported by the state rose 32% against 2015.
  • In 2016, 66 documentaries were produced, the highest number since records began in 2010.
  • Women participated as screenwriters, producers or directors in 52% of Mexican films produced.
  • 564 short films were produced, the most since 2012.
  • 45 international co-productions were registered, one more than 2015.
  • The average cost per film produced in Mexico was $19.8 million MXN.
  • In 2016 19 television series were produced in Mexico.
  • The Cineteca Nacional has become the most significant space for the exhibition of Mexican cinema, premiering 60% of total output from 2016.