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International statistics

27 July 2021 à 18:00

French films at the international box office: June 2021

Despite the current context, in June 2021, more than 170 French productions hit international screens, generating 2.14 million admissions and €11.4 million in ticket sales.

Bye Bye Morons is the film with the highest attendance figures in June 2021 while  four other titles attracted more than 10,000 spectators outside France.

# Title Admissions Box Office Revenues (€) No. of Prints No. of Countries Total Admissions Total B.O. Revenues
1 Bye Bye Morons 25,918 208,049 116 5 76,303 724,886
2 Summer of 85 18,655 112,875 135 6 131,578 862,063
3 Mandibles 12,451 84,018 255 6 14,735 110,343
4 A Friendly Tale 12,128 74,210 119 2 78,731 444,169
5 Perfumes 10,206 59,601 55 3 53,225 335,521
6 Mama Weed 9,937 86,598 48 5 250,334 2,010,310
7 Gaza mon amour 9,481 55,418 55 1 9,481 55,418
8 The man who sold his skin 8,906 36,600 249 3 10,352 50,622
9 The Kids Are Back 8,777 69,556 84 3 8,777 69,556
10 Yakari, A Spectacular Journey 8,279 61,385 195 5 248,383 1,964,351


The long-awaited reopening of theaters in many countries has finally allowed French films whose releases had been canceled and postponed to at last connect with their audience. The French international titles on offer in June were composed of films released during the second half of 2020, such as Bye Bye Morons, Summer of 85, or Yakari, A Spectacular Journey, and new titles that are starting their careers outside our borders just after their national premiere, such as The Kids Are Back and Mandibles.


But which markets are they facing?

Although many governments have allowed the resumption of theatrical screenings, constraints related to health and safety and the summer season are being felt. Summer is traditionally the golden season for Hollywood blockbusters and studios are counting on it to boost box office. Disney, Sony, Universal, and Warner Bros. titles, which were virtually absent for nine months in 2020, are back at a rate of two films per week and are capturing the largest share of the audience and monopolizing hundreds of screens in countries where theaters are in operation. How to compete with such heavyweights?

Unfortunately, the resumption of activities does not mean a return to normal: although Argentina, Colombia, Ireland, Latvia, and Morocco (after being shuttered for fifteen months!) joined the list of countries where it is possible to see a movie in theaters, we notice new closures of theaters in South Africa, India, Tunisia, and certain regions of Australia and Russia because of the resurgence of the pandemic in these territories. For this reason, with the exception of the
United Kingdom, the relaxation of measures, which was initially mentioned, has been postponed to a later date in many countries. In addition, projectors are still off in many Asian territories and Peru.

 The majority-French production that garnered the most admissions internationally in June 2021 was Bye Bye Morons. The comedy-drama relied on several successful releases, and not just one as has been the case for several films in recent months, to reach the top. In Quebec, it was the first French title exceeding CA$100,000 in box office revenues (11,000 moviegoers) during its first week of release since late February 2020, and easily reached the local top 10. The latest film by Albert Dupontel accompanied the reopening of Belgian theaters and added 10,000 admissions to those generated in October 2020, for a total of 24,000. Finally, after being presented at the Alliance Française French Film Festival, Bye Bye Morons arrived in Australian cinemas and garnered AU$177,500, being more than 12,000 tickets sold.

 Four other films appealed to more than 10,000 moviegoers outside France, three less than in May. Two of them, Summer of 85 and Mandibles, were released in six foreign territories. François Ozon's latest film attracted nearly 10,000 Italians, more than 4,000 Americans, and 3,000 Poles, while Quentin Dupieux's new feature delighted 3,500 Italians, 3,000 Belgians, and 3,000 Russians. The transalpine market also welcomed Perfumes (10,000 admissions) and A Friendly Tale (3,500); the latter title was more popular in Spain (8,500).The European continent confirmed itself as the leading market for predominantly French productions: they attracted 40,000 spectators in Italy, 35,000 in Belgium, and 27,000 in Spain. Meanwhile, the United States is renewing interest in heritage films: released at the end of May, La Piscine / The Swimming Pool generated more $100,000 and 11,000 admissions!


Despite the current context, in June 2021, more than 170 French productions hit international screens, generating 2.14 million admissions and €11.4 million in ticket sales.

The attendance figures for French cinema jumped to over one million admissions for the first time in 2021! This feat deserves to be closely observed, however, as two out of three admissions were generated by three minority productions released in China and which shared 1.5 million admissions almost equally: Cinema Paradiso, previously unreleased, Pinocchio, and The Father. Among the remaining 640,000 spectators for French films in June, minority productions once again took the lion's share thanks to The Father. On the other hand, majority productions had to make do with 236,000 admissions, a score in line with that of May and the best of the year. As for their share of the monthly total, which had risen last month to 25%, it has now dropped to 11%. The top 10 at the bottom of the page shows five films exceeding 10,000 admissions, as many as in January and one more than in February, March, and April, while there were eight in May. The new theater reopenings around the world and the fresh starts and releases that result from them will certainly allow French cinema to be revived by circulating new titles, but, as far as majority productions are concerned, we are still waiting for the film that will manage to impose itself on several different markets and set the box office alight.

The division of admissions between film genres follows the pattern of previous months, although the market share has evolved. Dramas continue to lead, but their share dropped from 75% to 44%, while comedies doubled (29%) and were closely followed by fantasy films (24%), which returned to the top three. All other genres did not reach 2%.

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This report is based on results recorded on July 6, 2021. Since our statistics for 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 : 29 July 2021 à 18:00 CEST



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