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29 November 2018 à 15:44

French films at the international box office: October 2018

In the month of October, an animated film charmed moviegoers in Italy, while a western put in a strong performance in North America and a documentary was launched in China.

This month, two French productions attracted 300,000 spectators in theaters abroad.

 
# Title Admissions Box Office Revenues (€) No. of Prints No. of Countries Total Admissions
1 White Fang 314,996 1,836,204 589 11 651,592
2 The Sisters Brothers 299,304 2,357,853 1,242 5 358,127
3 March of the Penguins 2 - The Call 153,159 615,000 n.a. 1 273,156
4 The Brand New Adventures of Aladin 134,971 1,084,211 81 5 134,971
5 Climax 116,864 499,976 372 6 126,034
6 Nothing to Hide 87,637 643,905 46 2 87,637
7 Le Brio 72,100 431,336 127 5 427,000
8 Belleville Cop 58,165

367,911

142 6 58,165
9 Amoureux de ma femme 53,765 323,317 346 6 161,200
10 Sink or Swim 38,463 322,639 52 3 38,463
11 Rolling to You 35,872 216,374 156 8 419,305
12 Les Dents, pipi et au lit 23,634 74,890 70 2 82,560
13 Place publique 22,417 181,562 109 4 81,662
14 Jealous 21,854 131,501 40 4 77,599
15 The Insult 19,732 149299 117 9 695,477
16 Kiss & Tell 15,774 135,109 41 2 15,774
17 Angel Face 14,842 80,936 68 2 16,397
18 Maria by Callas 14,488 110,671 56 6 302,641
19 Custody 13,989 115,026 43 7 209,920
20 The Apparition 13,850 63,674 120 6 52,043

 

French cinema regained strength in the international arena in October. Majority-French co-productions registered a total of 1.74 million admissions outside France, showing an increase of 43% compared to last month. Two titles stood out in particular, both garnering 300,000 admissions abroad, while three others crossed the symbolic 100,000 admissions mark (whereas only one film achieved this in September).

 White Fang cemented its status as the king of the box office this month. In September, this animated film got off to a strong start in Poland, where, in October, it posted a preliminary total of 223,500 admissions (€868,500 in ticket sales), becoming the most popular French film so far this year in Poland. By mid-October, White Fang was launched in Italy, scoring its best debut to date abroad (106,500 spectators, €665,000) and the second best debut for a French film in Italy, after Belle and Sebastian, Friends for Life (443,500 admissions, €2.74 million at the end of its run). After three weeks, this adventure film registered 257,500 admissions in Italy (€1.6 million), with a total of 651,500 admissions to its credit outside France (€3.4 million).

 Whereas last month, White Fang outscored other French productions by a mile, this was not the case in October, as only 15,000 admissions separate its results from the number 2 performer, The Sisters Brothers. Released in the USA on September 21 on a limited release, this western by Jacques Audiard enjoyed considerable success in October, with the number of prints in circulation raised to more than 1,000 sites across the country, thus allowing it to reach a wide audience. After six weeks, The Sisters Brothers took a total of $2.94 million (€2.57 million, for around 327,500 admissions) and now ranks as the director's most successful film to date in the United States and English-speaking Canada, ahead of A Prophet (Sony, 2010, €2.09 million and 264,500 admissions) and Rust & Bone (Sony, 2012, €2.04 million and 252,500 admissions), with the latter two titles raking in over €2 million at the box office.

 Bolstered by its performance in China, March of the Penguins 2 - The Call broke into our Top 20 for the first time this month. Launched in Chinese theaters on Friday, October 12, it accounted for 3.3% of all film screenings and 0.6% of ticket sales on its opening day—a low score that had a negative impact on its career in China, as it was pulled from theaters after one week, with a total of 153,000 admissions registered (€615,000). This film has already been released in around thirty other international markets, but has not lived up to the success of its predecessor, The Emperor's Journey, which won the Oscar for Best Documentary Film in 2006 and attracted 20 million moviegoers around the world, including 421,500 in China.

 As well as the Top 3 titles, The Brand New Adventures of Aladin also made its mark in French-speaking markets, notably in Belgium, where it hit the top of the local box office in its opening week. After one month, it posts a running total of €769,500 in ticket sales (107,500 admissions), a lower score than that of the first film, which took more than €1 million in its first month (€1.64 million and 221,500 admissions at the end of its run).

 Another strong title, Climax has begun its international run, registering the biggest share of its takings this month in Russia, where it pulled in 65,500 spectators—the only market to date in which the film has achieved a higher score than in France (58,000 spectators).

Author : Andrea Sponchiado

Latest update : 29 November 2018 à 15:44 CET

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