28 May 2014 à 16:27
French films at the international box office: April 2014
In April, French films attracted good audience numbers to international theaters, where new titles did particularly well in French-speaking markets.
|Rank||Title||Admissions||B.O Revenues||No. of Prints||No. of Countries||Total admissions|
|2||The Beauty and the Beast||288,716||1,520,776||1,061||12||1,919,797|
|3||Yves Saint Laurent||183,796||1,446,168||309||9||445,774|
|4||Serial (Bad) Weddings||167,742||1,414,704||50||2||167,742|
|5||Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants||98,406||539,265||340||6||496,661|
|7||Me, Myself and Mum||83,695||521,308||120||6||400,187|
|9||Cycling with Moliere||48,604||326,783||121||5||367,221|
|10||9 Month Stretch||43,427||271,103||82||2||102,789|
|12||The Yellow Eyes of the Crocodiles||40,505||347,882||39||2||40,505|
|13||Stranger by the Lake||38,270||144,967||37||5||173,750|
|16||On My Way||25,233||126,571||39||3||259,725|
|18||On the Way to School||15,939||103,760||29||5||330,933|
|19||Ernest & Celestine||15,432||89,542||42||3||313,454|
In April 2014, four majority French films attracted more than 100,000 admissions to international theaters, among which there were three films that had already ranked well in previous months and which maintained a steady level of admissions: Superchondriac, Yves Saint Laurent and The Beauty and the Beast. During the month, the latter title become the majority French production to score the highest number of admissions in 2014 in theaters abroad.
New titles such as Serial (Bad) Weddings also performed well at the box office, particularly in French-speaking markets. Brick Mansions, a minority co-production given a multi-print release, raked in more than 2.6 million admissions in its opening week in no less than 13 international territories.
Spotlight on a selection of standout majority French titles in April 2014
Serial (Bad) Weddings achieved the best release for a French film this year in two French-speaking European markets. In Belgium (Cinéart ), the film attracted almost 47,000 spectators from 30 prints during its opening week, an excellent average, which guaranteed a print increase the following week (31,000 admissions from 34 prints during the second week). This launch is comparable to those of comedies released in 2012, such as La Vérité si je mens 3 (Les Films de l'Elysée – 50,000 admissions in its opening week from 30 prints – 138,000 total admissions), or What's in a Name (Alternative Films – 45,000 admissions in its opening week from 35 prints – 186,000 total admissions). In French-speaking Switzerland (Frenetic Films), Serial (Bad) Weddings claimed 15,000 admissions from 11 prints during its opening week. The number of prints increased to 16 in the film's second week in the theaters, attracting another 15,000 spectators. Superchondriac (Pathé Films AG) launched in this territory with 18,000 admssions from 15 prints. At the end of April, Dany Boon's film had racked up 97,000 spectators, after 9 weeks in foreign theaters.
Out on release in 11 foreign territories since February, The Beauty and the Beast began its run in German theaters (Concorde Filmverleih) with a solid 250-print release and attracted 50,000 spectators during its opening week. A decent start for the year's second highest print run, behind Superchondriac (Prokino – 300 prints upon its release). In Serbia and Montenegro (MegaCom Film), The Beauty and the Beast registered 10,000 admissions after 6 weeks on screens, a threshold that a French-language film had not crossed over since Asterix and Obelix: God Save Britannia in 2012 (Taramount Film – 15,000 admissions). At the end of April, Christophe Gans' film had accumulated 1,920,000 admissions abroad and became the majority French film to have garnered the most admissions in foreign theaters since the beginning of 2014.
After a noteworthy release in Italy (Lucky Red), with almost 100,000 admissions in 3 weeks from a maximum of 109 prints, Yves Saint Laurent registered an encouraging launch in Germany (Universum Film), with 27,000 admissions during its opening week from a considerable 95-print run, being the period's third highest per-print average in this territory. By the end of April, a total of 86,000 admissions had been recorded. In Austria (Constantin Film), the film got off to a more discreet start with 1,900 admissions from 17 prints for its first weekend in theaters. It reached 6,000 admissions after 2 weeks. While awaiting its release in the USA (TWC) and Japan (Kadokawa Shoten ) in the coming months, Yves Saint Laurent was credited with 445,000 admissions in 13 international territoiries by the end of 2014.
On My Way pursues its international career in Argentina (CDI Films), where its first-week admissions almost reached 6,000 from 11 prints (8,400 admissions all up by the end of April). This can be compared to the score achieved by In the House (Ifa Argentina), which garnered 12,000 admissions after 7 weeks in the theaters. In the USA (Cohen Media Group), Emmanuelle Bercot's film tallied 35,000 admissions after 7 weeks, in a release that went from 1 to 32 prints. The film has now finished its run in Germany (Wild Bunch Germany), attracting more than 50,000 spectators in 7 weeks. On My Way went on to accumulate 260,000 admissions in 14 international territories by the end of April.
Chinese Puzzle continues its run in foreign theaters, releasing in Germany (StudioCanal Germany), where the film scored the second best per-print average by gathering 33,000 spectators from 78 prints the weekend it released. A fine start, in the same vein as Les Poupées Russes in 2005 (Tobis Film – 107,000 admissions by the end of its run). In Quebec (Les Films Séville), the last episode in Cédric Klapisch's trilogy succeeded in attracting almost 19,000 admissions from 21 prints, in the territory where Pot Luck (Christal Films / Lions Gate Films) had totalled more than 180,000 admissions 11 years ago. Slated for release in May in the USA (Cohen Media Group), Spain (A Contracorriente Films) and also in Thailand (United Home Entertainment Co., Ltd), at the end of April, Chinese Puzzle's foreign admissions stood at 202,000, of which 55,000 were in Belgium (Cinéart Cinéart ) and more than 13,000 were in Poland (Best Film) and Russia (Cinema Prestige).
Stranger by the Lake launched well in Mexican theaters (Mantarraya Producciones), where the film pulled in more than 15,000 spectateurs from 14 prints in its opening week, an excellent per-print average, with 27,000 admissions by the end of April. Released in Spain (Karma Films) a week earlier, the film had clocked up 7,000 admissions after 4 weeks in theaters, from a similar number of prints (14). Released in nearly 20 territories since summer 2013, Stranger by the Lake currently totals 175,000 admissions abroad, of which 39,000 were registered in the USA (Strand Releasing) and 24,000 in the United Kingdom (Peccadillo Pictures).
Latest update : 14 April 2015 à 16:27 CEST
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Linked films (27)
9 Month Stretch
Asterix and Obelix: God Save Britannia
Beauty and the Beast
Cycling with Moliere
Ernest & Celestine
In the House
La Vérité si je mens 3
Les Poupées Russes
Me, Myself and Mum
Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants
On My Way
On the Way to School
Serial (Bad) Weddings
Stranger by the Lake
The Yellow Eyes of the Crocodiles
What's in a Name
Yves Saint Laurent