Little White Lies was finally ousted from the top spot in the charts by the latest Harry Potter installment in the final days of December, although the film remains a huge success in France, with over 5.25 million admissions to its credit.
Guillaume Canet's film is not the only triumph of 2010, with five French titles reaching the year's Top 15: Camping 2 by Fabien Onteniente (3.9 million admissions), the unexpected hit Heartbreaker by Pascal Chaumeil (3.7 million), the also surprising Of Gods and Men by Xavier Beauvois (3.1 million), and Arthur 3: The War of the Two Worlds by Luc Besson (3 million).
Three other films with strong international potential also surpassed the 2 million admissions mark: The Roundup by Roselyne Bosch, Oceans by Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud, and Potiche by François Ozon.
All up, 19 French films attracted more than 1 million spectators in the home market in 2010, including a host of comedies (The Pimp, All That Glitters, Fatal, The Italian, The Perfect Date), one adventure film (The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec), a sentimental comedy (My Afternoons with Marguerite), a biopic (Gainsbourg), dramas (such as The Big Picture and 22 Bullets), and a thriller (The Ghost Writer).
The actors Romain Duris, Gérard Depardieu, and Jean Reno each feature in two of the films boasting 1 million admissions scores, while Luc Besson directed two films in this category!
Gérard Depardieu stars in Mammuth by Benoît Delépine and Gustave Kervern, which drew over 800,000 admissions, a score matched by Sarah's Key by Gilles Paquet Brenner and My Father's Guests by Anne Le Ny.
This list is not complete without the latest films by Bertrand Blier and Bertrand Tavernier, The Clink of Ice and The Princess of Montpensier, which both crossed the 700,000 admissions mark.
Source: Le Film Français