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01 February 2016 à 11:10

The 2015 performance of French films in foreign markets

For the third time in only four years, French films crossed the benchmark of 100 million tickets sold in international markets. With 106 million admissions and 600 million euros in receipts from foreign theaters, in 2015 French cinema celebrated its third-best year abroad in the past two decades.

Despite a 12% drop in admissions compared to 2014, French-initiated films and those in the French language showed strong performance last year. Majority-French productions drew a combined 100 million admissions, 94% of total admissions, the highest proportion since 2000. Admissions for films made in French rose by 22% compared to 2014, reaching 42.6 million ticket sales worldwide. Some 40% of foreign admissions to French-made films in 2015 were for films in the French language, below the average of 44% observed over the past 10 years. Another detail worthy of note: Gallic cinema recorded more admis- sions abroad than in France for the second consecutive year, with 46% more ticket sales abroad than at home.

Within a top 10 characterized by a diversity of genres (thrillers, comedies, drama, documentary, etc.), French animation emerged as the big winner. Cornering 20% of overall admissions and with three titles among the year’s 10 biggest hits, French animation had a record year in 2015. In second place in the annual rankings with 15 million admissions, The Little Prince has become the top-selling French animation on international screens for the past 20. Along with the success of success of Asterix - The Mansion of the Gods, Mune and Yellowbird, this sends a strong signal about the dynamism and expertise of the French animation sector.

Among the other major hits of the year, the third installment in the Taken 3 franchise dominated the rankings, accounting for more than two in five admissions to French productions during the period. Behind The Little Prince, another English-language production The Transporter III completed the podium. Comedy was also well represented, with the worldwide success of The Bélier Family and the continued roll-out of the already-huge hit, Serial (Bad) Weddings. With Samba, Beauty and the Beast and The Salt of the Earth rounding out the top 10, 2015 once again underlines the diversity of both French films and the audience for French cinema abroad.

The year was also notable for the success of French cinema on the international festival circuit. Awards included the Palme d'Or for Dheepan, Best Actress & Actor awards for Emmanuelle Bercot and Vincent Lindon in Cannes, and Fabrice Luchini in Venice, Best Short Film in Toronto for Mother(s), and so on. On top of this, among the 81 movies submitted for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, the multi-award-winning French contender, Mustang, is among the five final films shortlisted by the Academy.

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# Titles Admissions 2015 (in millions)* Total admissions at 12/31/2015*

Receipts 2015 (in M€)*

Total box office revenues at 12/31/2015*
1 Taken 3 43,6   261,7  
2 The Little Prince 15   62  
3 The Transporter Legacy 12,7   63,6  
4 The Bélier Family 3,3 3,5 20,6 21,8
5 Serial (Bad) Weddings 2,8 9,8 16,6 67,8
6 Asterix - The Mansion of the Gods 2,2 2,9 14 16,9
7 Mune 1,9   7,6  
8 Samba 1,7 2,2 11,4 15,6
9 Beauty and the Beast 1,5 6,1 4,2 29,8
10 The Salt of the Earth 0,8   5,1  

*Provisional figures only


Author : Quentin Deleau-Latournerie

Latest update : 14 April 2016 à 11:10 CEST

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