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International statistics

28 May 2019 à 10:06

French films at the international box office: April 2019

In April, a French comedy met with success in German-speaking markets, while an adventure film won over audiences in Spain and Russia, and a debut film continued its outstanding performance in North America.

This month, one French production attracted over 1 million moviegoers in international theaters.

International box office results for French films (excluding France)
from April 1 to 28, 2019
# Title Admissions Box Office Revenues (€) No. of Prints No. of Countries Total Admissions
1 Serial Bad Weddings 2 1,208,552 10,154,465 1,037 13 2,078,078
2 Mia and the White Lion 781,664 4,256,294 1,371 20 3,781,506
3 The Mustang 379,705 3,028,819 488 2 522,184
4 Astérix: The Secret of the Magic Potion 276,072 2,198,566 1,273 15 3,091,699
5 Tall Tales from the Magical Garden of Antoon Krings 230,025 882,684 0 1 567,385
6 Terra Willy 162,343 889,033 536 4 162,343
7 The Sisters Brothers 156,913 952,456 345 10 784,079
8 Yao 119,091 711,551 203 2 137,721
9 Non-Fiction 95,078 619,102 183 9 222,362
10 By the Grace of God 84,718 558,637 218 8 94,898
11 Minuscule - Mandibles from Far Away 69,157 386,162 494 14 441,944
12 The Other Woman 61,261 220,507 69 4 289,473
13 Invisibles 60,112 367,350 123 3 87,282
14 The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir 56,814 213,289 293 4 329,742
15 Sink or Swim 44,824 324,723 81 5 682,590
16 Tanguy is Back 43,298 329,787 80 3 43,298
17 Edmond 39,364 250,939 246 8 87,763
18 The Wolf's Call 27,137 114,857 89 2 53,048
19 A Faithful Man 25,540 168,488 46 2 40,853
20 No Filter 21,054 195,257 32 2 21,054

In this period, French productions registered 4.96 million admissions in markets outside France (€33.5 million in ticket sales), with majority-French co-productions accounting for 87% of this figure (4.31 million tickets sold, amounting to €29 million). French films have thus gained ground in international markets compared to the results of March (+24.5%) and also those of April 2018 (+20.5%). Serial Bad Weddings 2 rose to the top of our monthly chart, with Mia and the White Lion holding firm in second place and The Mustang making a surprise entry into the top 3. Western Europe remained the leading export destination for French films, well ahead of other market regions, with admissions figures in Spain since the beginning of the year now exceeding 1 million.

 After two months in third place, Serial Bad Weddings 2 jumped ahead of its competitors in April to sit at number 1, with 1.2 million admissions registered in foreign theaters. This score can be largely attributed to its performance in Germany, where, at the end of its fifth weekend, the comedy by Philippe de Chauveron reached a total of 1.01 million admissions (€8.29 million in ticket sales). It is still showing at over 600 sites and remains among the top 5 titles at the German box office. This ranks as the most successful performance by a French film in a foreign market in 2019!
To date, this second installment of the Serial Weddings saga is credited with a total of 2.08 million tickets sold outside France (€16.4 million), of which 201,000 were registered in Italy (€1.23 million), 158,000 in Austria (€1.35 million), and 139,000 in Switzerland (€1.89 million). It has also taken €2.62 million in Belgium (Belga Films, representing 366,000 admissions) and CAD$1.07 million in Quebec (A-Z Films, 113,000 admissions). It is worth remembering that in 2015, the film's first installment ended its international run with 9.85 million admissions (€68.4 million), of which 3.93 million were registered in Germany (Neue Visionen Filmverleih, €28.7 million). Since the release of Serial (Bad) Weddings, Serial Bad Weddings 2 is the only majority-French production shot in French to have crossed the million spectators threshold in Germany.

 Mia and the White Lion held strong in second place in April, drawing crowds in two European countries. This adventure film attracted 467,000 moviegoers in Spain (€2.78 million), maintaining such good results that it still figures among the local box office top 5, with the number of sites upped to over 300 theaters in its fourth week. At the same time, in Russia, Mia and the White Lion reached 150,000 admissions (€470,500) after four weeks, of which 30,000 tickets were sold at preview screenings held in 300 theaters. Gilles de Maistre's film currently boasts a running total of 3.78 million admissions garnered in foreign markets (€20.2 million), including 912,000 admissions in Italy (€5.68 million) and 548,000 in Germany (€3.76 million), and looks set to top the 4 million spectators mark abroad thanks to its upcoming release in new markets in the weeks to come.

 The Mustang proved a surprise hit this month, breaking into the top 3! A film that is yet to be released in France (where it will be launched on June 19), The Mustang is enjoying considerable success across the Atlantic. A majority-French production (Légende) shot in English, it was first presented at the Sundance Film Festival, after which it debuted in four theaters in the USA, bringing in $94,000 (€83,000, representing 10,000 admissions). Between its fourth and fifth weeks, it raked in over $1 million, with its circulation increased to 487 theaters by its sixth week. By the end of April, The Mustang posted a total of $4.68 million (around 521,000 admissions), and will easily pass the $5 million mark during the month of May. Of all the majority-French productions released in the USA since January 2017, only two films have surpassed this score: Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets ($40.5 million, 4.51 million admissions) and I Am Not Your Negro ($7.12 million, 794,000 admissions).

Author : Andrea Sponchiado

Latest update : 13 May 2020 à 10:06 CEST

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