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30 April 2012 à 12:00

Top 20 French films abroad: Week of April 13-19, 2012

UniFrance Box Office Report: The Intouchables hits 17 million admissions abroad and The Artist reaches 12 million.

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The Intouchables attracted an additional 730,000 spectators abroad this week and is now credited with close to 17 million admissions outside France.

In South Korea (distributed by Bloomage Co.), the film's takings in its fifth week fell below the billion won mark, while still remaining at 4th place with 133,000 admissions. It now tallies over 1.6 million spectators since its release. It ended its fourth week in the Netherlands (Victory) with 269,000 admissions, the fourth best performance by a French film in this market since the 1990s, behind Sarah's Key (BFD – 492,000 admissions), Asterix & Obelix versus Caesar (UIP – 322,000 admissions) and Amelie (Paradiso Entertainment – 319,000 admissions). Attendance figures have remained stable in Portugal since its release three weeks ago: with 83,000 admissions to date, it looks set to top 100,000 spectators in May. This is an exceptional performance that only six French-language films have achieved in this market since the 1990s. Those six films include the three episodes of the Asterix & Obelix series (Lusomundo), Amelie (Atlanta Filmes), and the first two episodes of the Arthur and the Minimoys saga (Lusomundo). In Spain (A Contracorriente Films), The Intouchables now boasts a running total of 1.8 million admissions, just outscoring the Spanish performance of Amelie (Vertigo Films) in 2001.

Admissions to The Artist fell back by 28% in its third week in Japan (Gaga), although it still attracted an additional 76,000 spectators, thus taking 8th place at the box office. With a total of 224,000 admissions to date, the film should outshine results for Potiche (Gaga – 250,000 admissions), which was the most successful French film in Japan in 2011.

The Artist has already registered close to 330,000 admissions in Brazil (Paris Filmes), the fifth best performance by a French majority film in this market since the early years of the decade. These results place the film on par with Joan of Arc (Columbia Tristar) by Luc Besson and Amelie (Lumiere Filmes). The Artist currently tallies just under 12 million admissions in foreign theaters.

Houba! On the Trail of the Marsupilami registered a 47% decline in attendance in its second week in Belgium (Alternative), but has already raked in 180,000 admissions, almost matching the score of the most successful French film in this market in 2010, Little White Lies (Cinéart). It has hit the top of the box office in French-speaking Switzerland (Pathé Films) with 22,000 additional spectators to its credit, making a total of 49,000 admissions since its release the previous week.

Delicacy continues its run in English-speaking markets. Released six weeks ago in the United States (Cohen Media), this debut feature by the Foenkinos brothers has taken $285,000 (around 37,000 admissions). It finished its opening week in the United Kingdom (StudioCanal Ltd) with almost 30,000 spectators, marking an encouraging debut. It has also registered 32,000 admissions in Germany (Concorde) after two weeks. This adds up to a total of 190,000 admissions abroad, including 58,000 in Russia (Carmen Film Company).

Heartbreaker sat at 10th place at the South Korean box office on its opening weekend, bringing in 30,000 admissions. This debut feature by Pascal Chaumeil has once again proved a hit in theaters abroad. After launching its international run in 2010, the film is now credited with 1.8 million admissions in foreign markets, with excellent scores in Germany (Universum – 232,000 admissions), Russia (Leopolis – 201,000 admissions), China (China Film Corp. – 135,000 admissions), the UK (Revolver Entertainment - 135,000 admissions), and Poland (Monolith Films – 106,000 admissions).

The Lady took $93,000 in its opening week in the USA (Cohen Media), a modest score for Luc Besson's latest directorial effort which has struggled to find an audience in Europe and North America. It has nonetheless put in a fine performance in South East Asia, attracting 75,000 moviegoers to date in Hong Kong (Golden Scene), 60,000 in Taiwan (Applause Entertainment Ltd), 48,000 in Singapore (Homerun Asia Pty Ltd), and 36,000 in Thailand (Nontanund Entertainment). The film currently tallies 418,000 admissions outside France.

Author : Matthieu Thibaudault

Latest update : 28 June 2012 à 12:00 CEST

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