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26 April 2018 à 12:20

French films at the international box office: March 2018

In March, a comedy conquered the Belgian box office, an animated feature launched on Chinese screens, and an adventure film continued to charm Italian moviegoers.

In March, two majority French productions garnered more than 300,000 spectators abroad.
 
# Title Admissions Box Office Revenues (€) No. of Prints No. of Countries Total Admissions
1 La Ch'tite Famille 361,842 2,918,661 503 5 361,842
2 The Jungle Bunch: The Movie 319,788 1,177,705 251 12 1,814,618
3 Belle et Sébastien 3, le dernier chapitre 269,028 1,679,200 526 4 516,509
4 Based on a True Story 160,091 716,929 370 5 182,168
5 C'est la vie! 94,129 709,785 355 12 1,674,091
6 The Insult 82,588 527,058 224 13 491,623
7 Marry Me, Dude 81,441 208,227 151 2 282,265
8 Tout le monde debout 50,563 426,541 51 2 50,563
9 So Help Me God 43,889 321,693 31 2 60,727
10 Madame 43,284 199,198 105 4 363,665
11 Les Tuche 3, liberté, égalite, fraternituche 42,161 325,998 47 2 379,556
12 Amant double 41,368 177,958 115 7 524,492
13 Visages, villages 39,785 215,467 128 9 245,593
14 Yellowbird 37,999 162,721 0 1 1,083,672
15 Back to Burgundy 37,844 114,055 98 5 605,482
16 À bras ouverts 37,014 237,968 189 1 518630
17 Happy End 36,029 164,941 120 12 443,188
18 The House by the Sea 26,764 180,975 70 2 45,697
19 The Young Karl Marx 23,366 101,288 37 4 350,365
20 Custody 22,715 152,056 80 7 34,318

 

In March, majority French productions generated 2.15 million admissions abroad, and displayed a 14% evolution with regard to February. Although the number of titles that crossed the 100,000 spectateur threshold remained at four, and although Western Europe continued to be the leading zone for the export of French films, other territories, such as China and Mexico, progressed thanks to new releases.

 La Ch'tite Famille joined the top monthly ratings for the first time, and took the no.1 position. After the hit of Tuche 3, liberté, égalite, fraternituche and the fine success of So Help Me God (€390,000, 54,500 admissions), the Belgian market continued to favor French productions. The latest film by Dany Boon launched in 50 Belgian theaters, which, including premiere screenings, generated €673,000 in box office revenues (93,000 spectators). This sterling performance allowed it to claim 1st position in the local chart and produce the best box office average per print (€11,000, being around 1,500 admissions). After a month on Belgian screens, the comedy had accumulated €1.55 million at the box office, being the equivalent of 217,000 spectators. La Ch’tite Famille also released in Switzerland (55,000 spectators), where it achieved the best launch for a French film in French-speaking Switzerland since January 2018, Austria (9,000 spectators) and Germany. Across the Rhine, where the collected films of Dany Boon have generated 3.11 million admissions, La Ch’tite Famille was scheduled by 335 theaters and garnered 92,500 admissions (€757,000 in box office revenues), a launch similar to that of Sens de la fête (102,000 spectators, 280,000 in total), even though it was released in almost double the number of theaters.

 Once again, The Jungle Bunch: The Movie features in the monthly chart. The 4th greatest French success internationally in 2017 (1.81 million admissions to date) has still not finished its world tour. The largest part of its March results comes from China, where it attracted 239,000 spectators ($1.2 million at the box office): this is its 2nd best international score after Russia (281,000 admissions), slightly overtaking the United Kingdom (£1.72 million in box office revenues, being 236,500 admissions). Released on the same day as Big Bad Fox & Other Tales, which claimed twice as many spectators (528,000 – $2.4 million), and a week after Yellowbird (38,000 admissions – $200,000), it enabled French productions to return to Chinese theaters (805,000 spectators in total) – the last French film to play was released mid-December 2017 (Christmas & Co. – 151,000 admissions). The Jungle Bunch: the Movie also released in 71 Peruvian theaters in March, and attracted 68,000 spectators and €146,500 in box office revenues.

 As was already the case in February, Belle et Sébastien 3, le dernier chapitre maintained 3rd place in the monthly chart. Although it has only released in 4 international territories to date, the film has already charmed 517,000 spectators, including 64,000 Belgians (€382,000) and 20,000 French-speaking Swiss (€221,500). However, it is in Italy that the film has achieved its best performance, to the point of standing out as the greatest French success of 2018 in this territory. Despite a 50% decrease in admissions between its 2nd and 3rd weeks, the film was part of the local Top 10 for 3 weeks and the number of prints in circulation remained higher than 100, five weeks after its release. The 3rd episode of Belle et Sébastien has accumulated 438,000 admissions, being €2.71 million in box office revenues, which means it has overtaken the 2nd (2015 – 411,000 admissions), whereas the 1st episode crossed the threshold of a million tickets sold (2014 – 1.17 million admissions). Its international career is still only just beginning however: amongst other countries, the film will soon be shown in Australia and New Zealand during the Alliance Française French Film Festival.

 Outside the Top 3, Based on a True Story has sold 82,500 tickets in Mexico (€251,000), being the best score registered for this title abroad, and the 3rd most successful launch for a French title by Roman Polanski in this country, following behind The Pianist (2003 – 1.2 million spectators) and The Ninth Gate (2000 – 282,000 admissions).

 

Author : Andrea Sponchiado

Latest update : 04 May 2018 à 12:20 CEST

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