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International statistics

15 May 2013 à 10:32

French films at the international box office: April 2013

Results for French films in international theaters in 2013 did not pick up significantly in April.

             
Rank Title Admissions Revenues No. of Prints No. of Countries Total Admissions
1 In the House 250,797 1,574,293 183 6 798,889
2 On The Other Side of The Tracks 174,313 1,207,038 405 4 514,342
3 Renoir 156,278 940,702 152 4 314,382
4 Fly me to the moon 87,864 678,140 318 4 550,041
5 Populaire 48,192 328,009 91 4 133,984
6 Paulette 47,782 256,688 45 2 56,917
7 Haute Cuisine 47,454 308,166 81 4 337,114
8 On the Road 47,004 287,500 202 5 977,940
9 Love 42,753 259,945 219 13 3,368,094
10 Zarafa 42,044 170,043 148 1 179,543
11 Rust & Bone 40,771 225,939 126 5 1,189,384
12 The Patience Stone 37,555 222,572 47 3 61,691
13 Billy and Buddy 35,679 325,687 47 2 131,883
14 The Other Son 35,149 188,676 49 2 288,202
15 Almost Charming 28,494 165,397 135 1 33,870
16 Thérèse Desqueyroux 24,446 119,383 18 2 61,931
17 The Man Who Laughs 22,397 119,317 31 2 77,302
18 Jappeloup 20,829 183,330 36 2 67,060
19 A Lady in Paris 20,692 137,544 64 2 26,676
20 The Brats 19,873 192,114 38 2 19,873
             

French films have registered a low 12 million admissions in around 40 international markets since the beginning of 2013. They have managed to attract over 1 million spectators in only four markets since January: Germany (1.5 million admissions), the USA (1.5 million), Italy (1.4 million), and China (1.2 million). Between 500,000 and 800,000 admissions were registered in Spain, Brazil, the UK, Mexico, and Belgium.

These lackluster results are primarily attributed to a shortage of films with strong commercial potential in the international arena this year (including new titles and films released in 2012 that are still on the screens), but also to the low number of productions released in key markets. Only two French titles have raked in more than 1 million admissions to date this year (Love and the French minority production Upside Down), compared to an average of between four and five titles in the same period since the beginning of the 2000s.

Taking this context into consideration, French-language films account for 62% of all admissions to French films outside France, while French majority productions represent 69% of the total figure.

Spotlight on 3 French majority films with outstanding performances in April 2013
In the House maintains strong results at the Italian box office, attracting over 40,000 admissions for its second week running, with a stable 90 prints in circulation. It looks likely to cross the 100,000 admissions mark by late May, thus registering the 3rd best results for a French majority film in this market in 2013, behind Asterix & Obelix: God Save Britannia (200,000 admissions) and On the Other Side of the Tracks (151,000 admissions).
In Quebec, attendance figures have reached a total of 20,000 spectators after two weeks, during which the film registered the best performance at the box office by a non-American film. With its release raised in its second week from 3 to 9 prints in the USA and English-speaking Canada, results have remained consistent, taking $45,000 in this period, for a total of $90,000 since its release.
In the House currently tallies 800,000 admissions in international theaters.

On The Other Side of The Tracks appears to have run out of steam relatively quickly in the major European markets. In Germany, it posted a total of 272,000 spectators at the end of its seventh weekend, with the number of prints dropping from 255 (on its third weekend) to 68. Its admissions figures in Italy fell back by 58% in its second week, with only one print in circulation in its fifth week, while still managing to achieve a respectable overall score of 150,000 admissions. In Spain, its career was short and sweet, disappearing from the screens after only five weeks, with 33,000 to its credit.

Renoir is well on its way to bettering its results in the home market, with currently 314,000 admissions registered abroad, against 500,000 in France. Its best scores come from the USA and English-speaking Canada, with 124,000 moviegoers coming out to see the film in five weeks, generating $924,000 in ticket sales. This is the best performance by a French title released in North America since the beginning of 2013.

Its run in Germany is drawing to a close, after amassing 116, 000 admissions. This is a fine achievement, as is the case in Quebec, where it attracted 24,000 spectators in three weeks, ranking as the third most successful French film in Quebec this year. Renoir is scheduled to be released in Turkey and the UK in June.

Author : Matthieu Thibaudault

Latest update : 16 May 2013 à 10:32 CEST

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