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International statistics

17 September 2020 à 17:59

French films at the international box office: August 2020

In August, a comedy charmed German spectators, another caused a sensation in Portugal, while an animated film captured attention in Poland.

In August, two French productions also attracted more than 50,000 spectators to international movie theaters.

# Title No. of Admissions Box Office Revenues (€) No. of Prints No. of Countries Total Admissions
1 Arab Blues 75,416 575,295 329 10 102,808
2 Meet The Malawas 5,181 287,416 62 1 85,619
3 SamSam 47,181 204,899 380 7 106,180
4 Divorce Club 34,525 193,144 272 6 54,985
5 La Belle Epoque 27,329 218,234 161 7 926,766
6 Yakari, A Spectacular Journey 26,312 260,375 78 2 26,312
7 Papicha 25,997 152,874 127 4 59,072
8 How to be a Good Wife 25,904 128,396 252 6 60,393
9 Mia and the White Lion 22,446 81,026 1 2 4,498,358
10 Toto 22,082 212,411 47 3 22,082
11 The Best is Yet to Come 18,728 140,321 197 3 182,641
12 The Room 18,616 62,804 223 3 451,231
13 Proxima 18,187 129,781 257 8 65,754
14 A Mermaid in Paris 16,570 81,145 350 3 44,025
15 Fahim, the Little Chess Prince 14,417 130,775 91 3 177,568
16 Portrait of a Lady on Fire 13,751 45,056 109 10 1,417,677
17 Two of Us 13,684 109,856 139 5 14,864
18 Les Misérables 12,787 54,767 50 7 632,305
19 Naissance des pieuvres 11,362 68,916 89 1 49,580
20 A Bigger World 11,092 88,745 104 2 58,455


In August, French films tallied 1.01 million admissions abroad (€7.58 million in box office revenues) thanks to almost 200 different titles, with majority productions contributing 72% to the total (730,000 tickets sold for €4.74 million). For the first time since February, the monthly total crossed the symbolic one million threshold and was 58% higher than in July, but it is less than half the figure for August 2019, when four titles passed the 100,000 spectators mark.

 Arab Blues didn't beat around the bush and claimed 1st place in the monthly rankings. Exhibited in 10 foreign markets, the film played its cards right in Germany where it appealed to 38,000 moviegoers (€309,000 in box office revenues) and became the biggest hit in the country since  theaters reopened. Initially screening in 82 theaters, Manele Labidi's film would be on the billboard of 113 by its fourth week, buoyed by solid support. Arab Blues was also released in 100 Polish cinemas, attracting 17,000 spectators (€68,000 at the box office) since August 14. It will soon be arriving in Spain and Italy, where many premiere screenings have taken place during the summer.

 In Portugal, Meet The Malawas has dominated the box office for the last 3 weeks! With 52,000 tickets sold (€287,000), it is the most seen French production of 2020 in this country. Moreover, it was the only French release to top 50,000 admissions in August. Initially present in about thirty cinemas, the success of this feat led to a doubling of screens for Meet the Malawas the following Thursday, and attendance figures also increased (+25%). Christian Clavier has many fans in Portugal, as can be seen by the success of films in which he plays the lead: last year, Ibiza caused a sensation with 121,000 admissions, and À bras ouverts surpassed 76,000 admissions (€406,500) in 2017—being the best international careers for both titles. We should not forget the saga Serial (Bad) Weddings, which attracted a total audience of nearly 200,000 people (€1 million in ticket sales).

 After taking top place on the podium last month, and after conquering Australia (AU$416,000, being 29,000 spectators), SamSam headed for Poland. It was launched in more than 200 cinemas, the largest number of screens for this film outside France to date, with precisely 243 by the second week of its run. Aside from the fact that box office sales were up 21%, the film reached third place in the local rankings and became the most popular French production of the summer in this market. With a total of more than 35,500 admissions (€136,000), to date, Polish audiences have generated the largest number of admissions for SamSam, whose total international admissions have passed the symbolic 100,000 spectator mark (€704,000). Its international tour will continue in German-speaking Switzerland and in Turkey.

 Apart from the top 3, it is worth noting the success of La Belle Epoque in Australia. During its first week, the comedy narrowly missed tallying AU$100,000 in box office revenues, a threshold that French films do not often reach at the outset, and enjoyed great exposure in 70 cinemas, a print-run rarely reserved for French productions. Considering the premiere screenings, notably at the Alliance Française French Film Festival, La Belle Époque has already made AU$421,000 at the Australian box office (about 30,000 spectators). La Belle Époque is highly awaited in DenmarkSpain, and the USA (101 Studios). Will it exceed one million admissions outside France?

This report is based on results recorded on September 9, 2020. As the figures relating to film releases are continuously updated, the graphics generated automatically on our website will differ from the chart featured in this article.

Author : Andrea Sponchiado

Latest update : 25 November 2020 à 17:59 CET

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