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15 November 2019 à 10:03

French films at the international box office: October 2019

In October a family drama won over audiences in Italy and Japan, while a historical drama achieved success in the Netherlands and a political drama attracted crowds in Greece.

This month, one French production stood out by drawing over 200,000 moviegoers in theaters abroad.
# Title Admissions Box Office Revenues (€) No. of Prints No. of Countries Total Admissions
1 The Truth 217,022 1,861,599 608 2 217,022
2 Portrait of a Lady on Fire 125,644 869,972 299 8 128,083
3 Adults in the Room 81,833 517,656 115 2 81,833
4 Invisibles 55,306 431,335 104 5 199,697
5 By the Grace of God 48,340 349,544 236 12 212,346
6 Who You Think I Am 43,574 272,572 178 13 277,329
7 Someone, Somewhere 39,194 167,619 89 5 51,281
8 The Specials 29,053 274,962 70 2 29,053
9 Remi, Nobody's Boy 28,539 82,729 58 3 192,678
10 Alice and the Mayor 25,421 268,367 45 2 25,421
11 The Trouble with You 25,009 168,169 70 2 141,872
12 Who's That Granny?! 22,124 93,762 2 2 36,994
13 In the Name of the Land 21,735 185,411 40 1 21,735
14 Anna 20,804 86,004 295 6 4,153,895
15 Serial Bad Weddings 2 19,787 145,145 31 4 2,925,669
16 The Room 18,976 74,480 162 6 349,546
17 Curiosa 18,395 57,691 45 2 40,934
18 The Emperor of Paris 18,082 51,547 24 1 315,529
19 Spread Your Wings 16,173 160,677 91 3 16,173
20 Synonyms 16,024 92,144 44 5 52,315


October saw French productions raking in a total of 1.26 million spectators outside France (€8.48 million in ticket sales) with majority-French productions accounting for 93% of this month's figure (1.17 million tickets sold for €8 million in receipts). In terms of movie attendance, French films dropped back by 20% compared to September 2019, and by 60% compared to those of October 2018 (3.11 million spectators). Two titles registered over 100,000 admissions, a number equaling that of last month, with the Top 3 films together capturing 420,000 admissions, which is in sharp contrast with September's figure of 860,000 admissions. This month's Top 3 titles have changed, with all of them coming from the drama genre and all having been selected at international film festivals (two at Venice and one at Cannes).

The most-seen French film in October was The Truth, which hit theaters in both the director's homeland and the country in which he had his first film premiere. Since the release of Tel père, tel fils in Japan in 2013, all of Hirokazu Kore-eda's films have attracted millions of spectators and have been released on more than 300 screens. But The Truth has broken all the records with its release in 491 sites (130 more than Joker!). At the end of its third week, it totaled 136,000 admissions (€1.37 million in ticket sales)—a performance that was nonetheless significantly affected by a violent typhoon that brought the country to a halt, causing the temporary closure of a number of theaters. In Italy, The Truth was the opening film in the Official Competition at the Venice Film Festival in August. It its first two weeks, the film featured in the national box office Top 10 titles and was programmed in over 110 sites, pulling in over 80,000 spectators (€490,000). Coinciding with its launch in France, The Truth is also set to hit screens in Australia and Spain during the Christmas season.

Freshly released on the international circuit, Portrait of a Lady on Fire jumped straight to second place in our monthly charts. The latest film by Céline Sciamma debuted in several European markets in October, charming audiences in the Netherlands (39,000 admissions and €330,000) and Spain (37,500 admissions and €200,500). Since January, only one other French film has managed to attract as many moviegoers in its opening week in the NetherlandsAnna (58,000 admissions and €489,000)! Boasting the second highest spectator average per print among the new titles this month (€4,400), behind Mistress of Evil (€10,400), Portrait of a Lady on Fire had its circulation upped to two sites in its second weekend, with theaters registering a decrease of only 15% in ticket sales, raising hopes for a successful continuation for the film. Next up, it will continue its world tour in Germany, New Zealand, and Russia.

Out Top 3 is completed by the latest offering from Costa Gavras. After its presentation at Venice, Adults in the Room was eagerly awaited in Greece, the director's homeland and a country directly concerned by the film's subject. This Franco-Greek coproduction, which has been showing in France since November 6, has racked up 69,000 admissions (€443,500) in Greece. It jumped to second place at the box office in its opening week, sitting just behind the mega-hit Joker. This ranks as the third best performance for a French film in Greece to date in 2019, after Astérix: The Secret of the Magic Potion (139,000 admissions and €865,500 in ticket sales) and Serial Bad Weddings 2 (106,500 admissions and €688,000). Costa-Gavras' two previous films, Capital (2013) and Eden is West (2009), amassed 43,000 and 82,000 admissions, respectively. Also currently in theaters in Spain (with a running total of 13,000 admissions and €74,000), Adults in the Room will soon be launched in Belgium and Portugal.

This study is based on results recorded on November 8, 2019. As the figures relating to film releases are continually and automatically updated on our website, the figures mentioned in this article will differ from those appearing on our website.

Author : Andrea Sponchiado

Latest update : 13 May 2020 à 10:03 CEST

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