16. November 2020.

After the list of ratings of Serbian films in the previous decade (2010-2019), Film Center of Serbia published the list of most viewed Serbian films in cinemas 2000 – 2009. The list includes 92 films distributed in our cinemas during the first decade of the 21st century, and the films are divided into six groups depending on the number of viewers: films watched by more than 100,000 viewers (25 films), films watched by between 50,000. and 100,000 viewers (12 ), films watched by between 20,000 and 50,000 viewers (16), films watched by between 5,000 and 20,000 viewers (18), films watched by between 1,000 and 5,000 viewers (19 ) and films watched by less than 1000 viewers (2).

Convincingly, the first place on this list is occupied by the costumed love drama Zona Zamfirova (2002), directed and written by Zdravko Šotra, based on the prose of Stevan Sremec, with Katarina Radivojević in the lead role. Šotrais also the most commercially successful director of the decade: in addition to the first-placed Zona Zamfirova (1,080,857 viewers), he directed Ivko’s Feast (2005, 617,553 viewers, third place on the list) and The Robbery of the Third Reich (2004, 338,836 spectators, sixth place).

Two films on the top ten list 2000 to 2009 were directed by Radivoje Raša Andrić – Thunderbirds  (2001) with  571,341 viewers which earns it the fourth place on the list; When I grow up I will be a Kangaroo (2004), with 212,225 viewers and tenth on the list. In addition to Šotra and Andrić productions, the top ten of the decade includes We Are Not Angels 2 (2005) directed by Srđan Dragojević with 657,143 viewers, earning it the second place on the list, Heavenly Hook directed by Ljubiša Samardžić (2000) with 342,939 spectators, in fifth place, The Secret of Family Treasure (2000) directed by Aleksandar Đorđević (299,690 spectators, seventh place), A Small World (2003) directed by Miloš Radović from (224,885 spectators, eighth place) and The Professional (2003) directed by Dušan Kovačević (214,378 spectators, ninth place).

If we take into consideration films that were watched by mroe than 100,000 viewers, the most represented directors on the list are Šotra and Ljubiša Samardžić (Heavenly Hook, Natasa, Goose Feather) with three films each, while Andrić, Srđan Dragojević  and Milorad Milinković (Frozen Stiff, Obituary for Escobar) each directed two films with over 100,000 viewers during this period.

Regarding screenwriters, films with over 100,000 viewers were written Đorđe Milosavljević (Heavenly Hook, Absolute Hundred and Goose Feather), Zdravko Šotra, Srđan Dragojević, Dušan Kovačević, Milorad Milinković, Srđa Anđelic (Thunderbirds and One on One), Srđan Koljević (Heavenly Hook and Natasha) and Biljana Maksič (Absolute Hundred and Little Night Music).

The most watched documentary-feature film on the list is The Belgrade Phantom (2009) directed by Jovan Todorović (35,364 viewers, 43rd place on the list), and the most watched documentary is Serbia, Year Zero (2002) directed by Goran Marković, 2.515 viewers, in the 80th place). The list includes one feature-length animated film: Technotise – Edit and I (2009) by Aleksa Gajić (17,286 viewers, 56th place).

Official data on box office ratings of films in Serbian cinemas were used to compile the list, based on the reports by screeners and distributors. The complete list is available here.