IHS Markit has now added data for digital and 3D screen totals at Q3 2018 for all territories and regions tracked by Cinema Intelligence, including three new territories of Vietnam, Kazakhstan and Peru. The data is also available for equipment manufacturers and as market share comparisons.
According to IHS, the total number of global d-cinema screens reached 178,538 as at Q3 2018, marking a small 1.5% increase from Q2 or a net addition of 2,725 d-screens during the quarter .The total 3D screen footprint reached 100,972, equivalent to 56.5% of world d-screens based on new methodology for total screens in China.
Asia Pacific was again the most active region in Q3 accounting for 75.8% of the quarterly net installs, but down from a larger 94% contribution in Q4 2017. China continues to drive net installs in Asia Pacific accounting for a large 81% of the regional total. This is in keeping with China’s rapid screen growth trajectory but the Q3 total (1,680) does represent a slowdown compared with China’s higher 2,341 net installs one year prior. To date, there have been 6,526 net installs in 2018 to date (Jan – September) versus 7,381 the previous year, or 11.1% lower year on year. This figure is indicative of rapid screen construction in the territory which could be starting to ease in terms of the sheer pace of growth.
Top ranked territories in terms of new digital screens equipped in Q3 were China (1,680), Mexico (179), India (156) and USA (152) as the only territories to reach over 100 net installs in Q3.
There were a total of 1,321 3D screens added in Q3 2018, representing a new low for 3D screen additions in a quarterly reporting period. China accounted for 95.3% of all net new 3D screens, a very high proportion. Moreover, there were a total of over 21 territories which actually reported a net loss of 3D screens.