BOX OFFICE earnings in Spain fell by more than €100 million between 2012 and 2013.

In real terms, 80 million tickets were sold last year, some 14 million less than the previous year. The general feeling is the trend will likely continue in one direction only.

Commentators are blaming unemployment, an increase in piracy, and the increased tax on film stubs, a measure introduced by the government in 2012.

The surge, from 8% to 21%, slaps Spanish producers with a tax bill which is at least double the size of their counterparts in other European countries.

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