16 November 2013 à 14:47
French films at the international box office: October 2013
Box office results for French productions in the last ten months remain weak, with almost 35 million admissions registered outside France.
|Rank||Title||Admissions||B.O Revenues||No. of Prints||No. of Countries||Total Admissions|
|2||Blue is the Warmest Color||248,934||1,739,390||280||8||248,934|
|5||The Gilded Cage||91,496||593,127||149||5||952,473|
|7||On the Way to School||53,751||327,978||68||4||62,265|
|8||Bright Days Ahead||52,339||353,041||114||4||121,295|
|9||The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet||29,705||240,275||92||2||29,705|
|10||9 Month Stretch||28,611||239,495||28||2||28,934|
|12||Stranger by the Lake||21,351||132,692||42||4||45,048|
|14||Camille Claudel 1915||17,489||68,456||39||4||48,564|
|15||Under the Rainbow||15,259||92,799||44||4||118,616|
|16||Vive la France||14,568||82,436||77||2||83,763|
|17||Fly me to the moon||14,049||60,256||46||1||840,886|
|18||Young & Beautiful||11,894||135,610||23||3||175,925|
|19||The Patience Stone||11,480||70,790||45||5||125,362|
The launch of Blue is the Warmest Color's career augurs well, despite the many restrictions the film is facing in various foreign territories. Meanwhile, The Family has registered 6.7 million admissions 7 weeks after its first releases abroad. The Volcano has passed the 100,000 spectator threshold in Belgium. Empowered by its succes in Portugal, The Gilded Cage may become the 7th French film to reach the million admission mark in 2013, and Paulette has now attracted half a million spectators in Germany. However, the two remaining months of 2013 are not likely to be enough to attain the average annual attendance figures for French productions since the beginning of 2000: 69.3 million admissions. The state of French offerings in 2013 partly explains the low results. Unlike previous years, few minority-French and/or English-language films offering a strong potential internationally have been distributed in theaters abroad. It should also be noted that several American films co-financed by French companies are not included in our figures (in the absence of an agreement between France and the United States allowing access to this information), such as Insaisissables by Louis Leterrier (co-produced by Soixan7e Quin5e), Paranoïa by Robert Luketic (co-produced by Gaumont , and American Nightmare (co-produced by Why Not Productions).
Focus on a selection of French majority films that stood out in October, 2013
The Family has currently accumulated 6.7 million admissions abroad.
Blue is the Warmest Color has got off to a grand start in foreign theaters. After successfully launching its international career in Benelux, the 2013 Palme d’or winner has clocked up fine results in Italy and the United States. Its performances in Belgium and the The Netherlands are almost identical, with 36,000 spectators registered in each of these territories after 3 weeks in theaters. Released simultaneously in French-speaking territories, the film has again performed highly satisfactorily, with 15,000 spectators in French-speaking Switzerland and 25,000 spectators in Quebec.
Blue is the Warmest Color also boasts excellent performances in its first week on Italian screens, with 98,000 spectators for 143 prints. These early, highly encouraging results confirm the particular interest the Italian public has shown for Abdellatif Kechiche's films. Most of his earlier productions have registered their highest international attendance figures in Italian theaters from Poetical Refugee in 2000 up until Black Venus in 2010, and not forgetting Games of Love and Chance in 2003.
Across the Atlantic, expectations are high for Blue is the Warmest Color, alias Blue Is the Warmest Color. Distributed in only 4 prints by IFC Films, the film displayed the best average per print at the US box office in the week of its release, with $39,000 garnered per print, for a total of $157,000 (being 19,000 spectators or thereabouts). This initial limited release will be considerably increased as of next week.
Blue is the Warmest Color currently totals almost 250,000 admissions in international theaters.
The Volcano converts a try in Belgium by achieving the best French performance in 2013 with 104,000 admissions tallied in 4 weeks. It hence supplants the attendance figures of Billy and Buddy, which, until now, was the only French film to have crossed the 100,000 Belgian spectators' threshold since the beginning of the year.
Dany Boon's popularity with the Belgian public would seem to be intact. Since 2008, and the record attendance figures boasted by the unmissable Welcome to the Land of Ch'tis (1.1 million admissions), 4 of the 6 subsequent films featuring the actor have attracted more than 100,000 admissions in Beligan theaters: Changing Sides (159,000 admissions) in 2009, Nothing to Declare (948 000 admissions) in 2011, Fly me to the moon (101 000 admissions), and Asterix and Obelix: God Save Britannia (302 000 admissions) in 2012.
Also out on release in French-speaking Switzerland, The Volcano has thus far achieved a more modest performance with 21,000 admissions for a maximum of 17 prints in 4 weeks. It has thus become the 8th French film to draw in more than 20,000 spectators in this territory in 2013.
The Volcano has thus far registered 126,000 admissions in international theaters.
Stranger by the Lake seems to have piqued the Italian (Teodora Film) public's curiosity, with 26,000 admissions in 5 weeks for a maximum of 19 prints. Alain Guiraudie's film, which was awarded the Directing Prize of Un Certain Regard at Cannes this year, has met with a muted but totally honorable reception in the German (13,000 admissions in 5 weeks) and Switzerland (4,600 admissions in 8 weeks) markets. The film is slated for release in many territories throughout the world in the months ahead, in particular the United States and English-speaking Canada, along with Brazil, Australia, and Israel.
The Patience Stone continues its international career, with a total of 125,000 admissions registered so far beyond France's borders. This is a fine performance, particularly in Italian theaters, where the film has pulled in 64,000 spectators, overtaking the results of such other 2013 releases as Seigneurs (63,000 admissions), Under the Rainbow (60,000 admissions), and Paulette (56,000 admissions). Released on 32 prints during its opening week in Spain (Golem Distribución), the film now tallies 21,000 spectators after 8 weeks. Meanwhile, the response has been more reserved in Belgium (5,400 admissions in 7 weeks), the United States and Canada ($100,000 in box office revenues, being 13,000 admissions in 11 weeks), and in Germany (5,500 admissions recorded at the end of its 3rd week in theaters).
Latest update : 15 April 2015 à 14:47 CEST
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Arthur and the Invisible
Asterix and Obelix: God Save Britannia
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Billy and Buddy
Blue is the Warmest Color
Bright Days Ahead
Camille Claudel 1915
Fly me to the moon
Games of Love and Chance
Nothing to Declare
On the Way to School
Stranger by the Lake
The Gilded Cage
The Patience Stone
The Transporter III
The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet
Under the Rainbow
Vive la France
Welcome to the Land of Ch'tis
Young & Beautiful