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04 May 2016 à 17:24

French films at the international box office: March 2016

The month of March saw German audiences charmed by a French drama, while an award-winning French title from the recent Venice Film Festival enjoyed a successful debut in Italy and Quebec. The British market also reported good news, with a string of French-language productions making a promising start in theaters.

This month, three majority-French productions registered over 100,000 admissions in theaters outside France.

# Title Admissions Box Office Revenues (€) No. of Prints No. of Countries Total Admissions
1 A Sense of Wonder 263,198 1,957,491 247 3 266,358
2 Mustang 242,849 1,670,989 465 21 643,149
3 The Little Prince 149,152 822,116 339 11 17,886,195
4 Marguerite 99,249 708,565 301 8 314,193
5 Agnus Dei (The Innocents) 92,566 495,163 163 4 94,568
6 Courted 89,096 570,160 80 3 113,676
7 Good Guys Go to Heaven, Bad Guys Go to Pattaya 80,094 625,310 75 3 129,798
8 Mon roi 62,759 437,193 151 8 245,736
9 Un moment d'égarement 62,558 409,139 203 1 450,984
10 Tomorrow 58,157 503,208 62 2 226,332
11 The Tuche - The American Dream 56,816 416,555 39 2 326,022
12 Lolo 49,169 378,259 198 4 142,951
13 Babysitting 2 41,430 190,861 90 1 475,589
14 Monsieur Chocolat 40,685 500,571 55 5 141,628
15 Irreplaceable 36,417 302,512 37 2 36,417
16 Blind Date 33,363 87,603 47 3 98 839
17 Disorder 25,873 218,382 57 2 28 709
18 The Three of Us 22,977 141,497 56 2 52 283
19 Seasons 19,477 155,440 147 4 458 857
20 Francofonia 19,209 115,429 144 4 71 281

  March has marked a new triumph for French cinema at the German box office. After picking up the Audience award at Tübingen, and bolstered by a robust publicity campaign of preview screenings held in the presence of the film's director and lead actor, A Sense of Wonder attracted strong audiences of just under 70,000 spectators in 104 theaters in its opening week. By the end of March, this film, which was retitled in Germany as Birnenkuchen mit Lavendel (Pear Cake with Lavender), had amassed almost 200,000 admissions, thus standing out as a new success story for the distributor of Serial (Bad) Weddings (3.9 million admissions), Paulette (592,000), and, more recently, Héritiers (119,000).

  Winner of the Best Actor and Best Screenplay Awards at the Venice International Film Festival, Courted was eagerly-awaited in Italian theaters. Released in around fifty theaters, it registered 45,000 spectators in its first two weeks, jumping to 2nd place in the local box office Top 20. The film by Christian Vincent also enjoyed an excellent debut in Quebec. Launched on 13 screens, it took over CAD$200,000 in three weeks, with around 23,000 tickets sold.

  Marguerite began its run in the United Kingdom in March. Released on 42 screens at its high point, it garnered around 25,000 admissions in two weeks. This is an encouraging score in a market in which foreign-language productions currently have a tough time making their mark. At the end of March, Xavier Giannoli's film posted a running total of over 310,000 admissions in around twenty foreign markets, including 37,000 admissions in Germany and more than 30,000 in both Belgium and the USA.

  Disorder also got off to a dynamic start in the UK in March. Released in 51 theaters—the most ambitious release for a French-language film in this market since the beginning of the year—it took over £110,000 in ticket sales in its opening week, for around 16,500 admissions. This earned the film a place in the local box office Top 20, with results that are more than respectable considering this difficult market. By the end of the month, it joined Marguerite as one the two most successful French-language films in the UK in 2016.

Author : Quentin Deleau

Latest update : 12 May 2016 à 17:24 CEST

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