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International statistics

28 April 2014 à 08:30

French films at the international box office: March 2014

French films performed well in foreign theaters in March, with a new film with 1 million admissions to be added to our charts for this year's top scoring titles.

Rank Title Admissions B. O. Revenues No. of Prints No. of Countries Total Admissions
1 Beauty and the Beast 1,265,917 7,487,659 1,482 7 1,685,984
2 Superchondriac 471,011 3,501,976 346 4 502,880
3 Belle and Sébastien 171,392 927,992 497 9 1,635,923
4 Yves Saint Laurent 144,967 932,101 327 6 281,340
5 Me, Myself and Mum 105,519 589,492 120 5 327,243
6 The Past 59,889 357,969 162 7 665,551
7 Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants 46,877 349,921 104 5 396,524
8 Young & Beautiful 36,446 207,265 56 3 532,622
9 On My Way 34,560 212,215 86 4 241,080
10 Three Brothers : The Return 31,001 265,544 50 2 122,595
11 Blue is the Warmest Color 29,534 97,878 108 10 1,575,963
12 The Crocodile of Botswanga 28,381 223,661 31 2 46,437
13 Renoir 27,611 90,644 50 4 779,010
14 Stranger by the Lake 27,206 162,861 39 4 135,216
15 The Gilded Cage 24,092 95,796 11 2 1,102,154
16 Ernest & Celestine 23,259 129,814 63 4 303,973
17 On the Way to School 23,016 118,697 61 5 319,204
18 Diplomacy 18,369 145,641 22 2 21,607
19 Quai d'Orsay 16,979 97,712 16 4 61,994
20 The Date Coach 15,034 171,369 19 2 18,100


In March, French films attracted 4 million spectators in 27 territories outside France. The monthly charts show several highly successful titles, including Beauty and the Beast by Christophe Gans, which crossed the 1 million admissions threshold thanks to excellent scores in Italy and Russia, in particular.

This month, majority French productions accounted for 72% of all admissions abroad, marking a high figure for this period. Five majority French productions attracted more than 100,000 spectators. While Superchondriac continues to add to its successful results in French-language markets and is currently on screens in Italy, Me, Myself and Mum has crossed the Atlantic heading for Quebec. Yves Saint Laurent has hit theaters in the UK and Italy, and Belle and Sébastien is finishing its triumphant run in Italy, soon to be launched in South Korea.

Spotlight on a selection of standout majority French titles in March 2014

After a highly successful debut in Italy (Notorious Pictures) late February (770,000 admissions after 5 weeks), the Spanish release of Beauty and the Beast (DeAPlaneta) was highly anticipated. Bolstered by an ambitious 242-print release, it raked in 54,000 spectators in its opening week, allowing it to capture 4th place at the box office, in a country that had given an enthusiastic reception to the director's previous hit Brotherhood of the Wolf (Filmax) in 2001, which registered over 660,000 admissions. After three weeks in Spain, the film is now credited with 157,000 admissions. Released in Russia (West Video) on 800 prints on its opening weekend, Beauty and the Beast achieved excellent results and shot to 3rd place, garnering 284,000 spectators in four days. Such a wide release had not been offered to a French-language film in this market since 2012, when Asterix and Obelix: God Save Britannia (Central Partnership) was launched on 900 prints and registered 279,000 admissions. By late March, Beauty and the Beast was set to outscore the latest results for The Artist (Volga, 326,000 admissions at the end of its run) and Houba! On the Trail of the Marsupilami (Volga, 348,000 admissions all up). Beauty and the Beast posted a running total of 1.3 million admissions in theaters abroad at the end of March.

Following a successful launch in European French-language markets early in the year, Yves Saint Laurent has now hit screens in the United Kingdom (eOne Entertainment), with over 19,000 spectators registered from 55 prints on its opening weekend. This is the most successful debut for a French film in this market since the start of the year. It may be noted that in 2009, Coco Before Chanel (STUDIOCANAL) began its British career with 83,000 admissions registered from 91 prints, before going on to finish its run with 515,000 admissions. By the end of March, after two weeks in theaters, Yves Saint Laurent tallied 40,000 admissions in the UK. In Russia, it registered 38,000 admissions after 2 weeks, with a maximum of 143 prints in circulation, which enabled it to break into the local Top 20 titles during its opening week. This film by Jalil Lespert also got off to a good start in Italy (Lucky Red), registering 63,000 spectators in its opening week from 109 prints, bringing its admissions score in foreign theaters to 237,000 by the end of March.

Me, Myself and Mum continues its international run, currently released Quebec (Les Films Séville). With 7,200 admissions registered from 2 prints in its opening week, it enjoyed a promising debut, credited with by far the highest average admissions score per-print that week. Predictably, this fine performance led to an increase in the number of prints released (upped from 2 to 23 prints), with admissions reaching over 30,000 after 3 weeks. This film, with 5 César awards under its belt, currently totals 300,000 admissions in theaters outside France.

Blue is the Warmest Color also continues its run on the international circuit, topping 1.5 million spectators at the end of March. In Mexico (Mantarraya Producciones), it boasts the highest attendance figures for a French-language film since the beginning of the year, with close to 50,000 admissions registered after 7 weeks, with a maximum of 34 prints in circulation. Now released in 32 markets, this film is soon to be launched in Japan (Comstock group) and Singapore (Shaw Brothers), where Abdellatif Kechiche's previous films did not gain a commercial release.

Young & Beautiful pursues its international career in 2014, with currently over 500,000 admissions to its credit. Released in 17 markets in 2013, its has now debuted in Spain (Golem Distribución), where it attracted just under 18,000 moviegoers in its opening week, with 41 prints released. By late March and after 4 weeks, its score reached 35,000 admissions, in a country in which the director's previous film, In the House (Golem), was a major hit, finishing its run with an impressive 238,000 admissions after 25 weeks.

Author : Quentin Deleau

Latest update : 07 May 2014 à 08:30 CEST

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