The purpose of the statistics is to describe the Danish structure of cinemas, the number of films to shown an audience and the number of tickets sold (paid admissions) to these shows. In their present form the statistics have been compiled since 1980.
For cinemas the statistics shows the number of cinemas, number of cinema screens, seats, films shown, tickets sold and admission takings. For films the statistics shows the nationality, release year, number of films shown in selected geographical areas, tickets and admission takings (box office) for both the reference period (calendar year) and for the period since 1976. Furthermore the statistics shows the pattern of admission takings over time for films according to their respective release dates.
All free free tickets are removed. Data is collected and published annually. Number of sold tickets and number of films is summarized to relevant groupings.
Users are The Danish Film Institute, the media and various interest groups. There have been no study of user satisfaction. The statistic is used for analysis on the topic.
From 2016 the cinema and film statistics includes all the cinemas, which reports to Filmweb, which is estimated to comprise over 99 per cent. of all admissions in cinemas.
This statistics is published around 4 months after the end of the year of reference. Publication time is usually precise.
The study is in its present form has been prepared since 1984. For many key numbers, it is possible to compare with figures dating from 1976. After a revision of the statistics in 2014 it is not possible to compare the statistics of showing weeks. Number of tickets divided by population was cancelled in 2016.
The organisation Media Salles publishes number of moviegoers for a number of european countries.
The statistics are published yearly in Nyt fra Danmarks Statistik (News from Statistics Denmark), Culture and National Church and http://www.statbank.dk.