Covid-19 health pass wreaks havoc on French summer box office

Covid-19 health pass wreaks havoc on French summer box office
Box office has fallen by 50-70% following the introduction of mandatory Covid passport for cinema attendance on July 21.

French distributors and exhibitors were looking forward to some sort of recovery this summer after 200 days of cinema closures from October 2020 to May 2021 due to a second Covid-19 lockdown. But hopes of a post-Cannes box office bounce have been dashed following the French government’s decision to introduce a ‘health pass’ to enter cinemas on July 21.

The Cannes Film Festival’s successful physical comeback after last year’s hiatus was regarded as a beacon of hope by many in the industry and
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