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28 January 2019 à 12:20

French films at the international box office: December 2018

In December, a French animated film captivated audiences in French-speaking markets and Eastern Europe, while a comedy won over Italian spectators and a debut film achieved a very good performance in Spain.

This month, two French productions registered over 200,000 moviegoers in theaters abroad.

Results for French films in markets outside France, November 26, 2018, to December 30, 2018:

 
# Title Admissions Box Office Revenues (€) No. of Prints No. of Countries Total Admissions
1 Astérix: The Secret of the Magic Potion 261,508 1,641,646 647 10 261,508
2 Sink or Swim 204,331 1,369,188 429 12 365,437
3 Rolling to You 194,212 1,118,018 277 5 730,621
4 Christmas & Co. 107,887 462,239 245 6 831,719
5 Maria by Callas 104,098 813,023 200 5 505,821
6 The Sisters Brothers 83,294 352,275 503 9 501,742
7 Ailo's Journey 62,374 651,323 117 1 62,374
8 Climax 42,133 264,097 129 13 247,624
9 The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir 41,968 226,245 135 8 227,993
10 Remi, Nobody's Boy 40,724 321,525 93 6 40,724
11 Mia and the White Lion 37,807 268,774 127 4 37,807
12 White Fang 35,679 201,454 192 10 787,789
13 In Your Hands 33,533 250,889 73 3 33,533
14 Mr. Know-It-All 28,743 88,823 43 2 108,872
15 Angel Face 27,598 163,517 10 3 141,908
16 A Man in a Hurry 26544 196,947 46 4 48,604
17 Dad Friend 20,526 159,360 19 2 20,526
18 Nothing to Hide 18,577 149,768 27 2 197,825
19 Mr & Mrs Adelman 18,219 140,143 94 3 265,471
20 The Emperor of Paris 17,464 163,244 44 3 17,464
 

The general hike in movie attendance during the festive season has benefited French films currently showing in international theaters: French productions recorded a 60% rise in admissions compared to results for November. Five titles each garnered 100,000 spectators, with two exceeding 200,000 admissions.

 This period is traditionally a time when comedies and family films hit the screens, and this is reflected in the range of titles in this month's Top 20. Among them is Astérix: The Secret of the Magic Potion, which held its own in a competitive international market, leading our charts, with 261,000 spectators to its credit. Its best results to date have been recorded in Belgium (€662,000, for around 92,000 admissions), but it achieved the bulk of its results this month in Eastern Europe, thanks notably to the 58,000 admissions registered in the former Yugoslavia and 39,000 tickets sold in both Bulgaria and the Czech Republic. With the exception of the Czech Republic, the new Asterix installment featured in the national box office Top 5 in all of the countries mentioned. It is scheduled for release in several new markets in early 2019.

 The latest film by Gilles Lellouche dropped back one spot, but remains in the Top 3. Sink or Swim is currently showing in 187 theaters in Italy, tallying 134,000 admissions after two weeks on the screens (€915,000). Released on the same number of prints as in Russia, it has attracted eight times more spectators in Italy! This marks the film's best performance so far outside France, followed by Belgium (91,000 admissions, €656,000) and Quebec (41,000 admissions, €259,000). Sink or Swim has already debuted in around fifteen foreign markets, currently totaling 369,000 admissions (€2.59 million) and will soon be released in Spain, Hong Kong, and German-speaking Switzerland.

 Third place is held by Rolling to You, which enjoyed a successful launch in Spain. Released on December 21, its circulation was increased from 184 to 209 sites in its second week, to reach a total of 163,000 admissions (€1.03 million). This is its most impressive performance to date in a foreign market, with the comedy showing a particularly strong appeal for Spanish-speaking audiences, as evidenced by its 94,500 admissions score in Mexico, where it registered 72,500 spectators at the recent Tour de Cine francés event (raking in €193,500). Rolling to You now posts a running total of 730,000 tickets sold in around thirty markets outside France (€4.31 million) and is slated to hit theaters in upcoming weeks in Argentina, Colombia, and Japan.

 Continuing beyond the Top 3, Christmas & Co., which began its international run a year ago, was released in new markets in December, notably in Hungary (33,000 admissions, €128,000), Romania (30,000 admissions, €103,000), and Portugal (25,000 admissions, €124,000), thus raising its overall score to 834,000 admissions (€3.73 million). In these two Eastern European countries, it ranks as the second most popular majority-French production of 2018, after Taxi 5.

 Maria by Callas has crossed the $1 million threshold in North America! Over 150,000 spectators have already come out to watch this documentary, which has seen a constant increase in the number of prints in circulation, reaching 150 sites in its sixth week. Maria by Callas has also topped the symbolic figure of 500,000 admissions outside France (€3.86 million)!

 A film that has not yet been released in France, Ailo's Journey has hit the bull's eye in Finland. The Franco-Finnish-Norwegian co-production has been offered a generous release, attracting 62,000 moviegoers to date (€651,000) and becoming the most successful French-majority production to be released in Finland in 2018, ahead of The House by the Sea (18,000 admissions, €178 000) and The Jungle Bunch (The Movie) (16,000 admissions, €151,500 ).

Author : Andrea Sponchiado

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