International box office results for French films: April 2010

Oceans has met with acclaim in the USA, while 22 Bullets is a smash hit in Russia. The Concert continues its successful run in Italy and Spain, and The Ghost Writer has won over European audiences.

RankTitleAdmissionsReceiptsNo. of printsNo. of countriesTotal
1The Ghost Writer2 129 46212 831 1711847104 604 788
2Oceans1 612 6789 536 087167894 201 964
322 Bullets527 1852 929 7683874547 976
4From Paris With Love366 2802 108 67558575 081 188
5The Concert133 265803 4302923906 751
6A Prophet124 688718 3151716935 497
7Little Nicholas110 556645 61321931 413 710
8Lourdes70 732444 4841085168 332
9Solomon Kane44 757240 46524531 037 592
10The White Ribbon36 995220 3588641 355 997
11Gainsbourg: Je t'aime...Moi non plus34 088171 811171124 217
12Brendan and the Secret of Kells32 572186 20230170 921
13My Father's Guests32 009210 41415232 009
14The Roundup30 157194 567282101 473
15Camping 227 868172 78327127 868
16Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky27 095170 146753144 450
17Mr. Nobody23 297146 069132124 216
18The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec22 150137 33625122 150
19Heartbreaker21 815191 27636248 857
20Vincere21 702128 48543250 385

After its 2 million admissions score in Japan in February, Oceans continues its international tour with a stopover in the USA. Released on Earth Day (April 22), the film climbed to the top of the general box office, attracting 324,000 spectators ($2.5 million). This is a rare feat for a foreign film, and virtually unheard of for a French documentary. Apart from the Fahrenheit 9/11 by Michael Moore ($119 million) and the French documentary The Emperor's Journey (aka March of the Penguins), which took $77 million, other documentaries rarely top the $30 million mark. After one week on the screens, Oceans tallied over 1.4 million admissions ($11 million) and now ranks as one of the 10 best-performing documentary films in the United States.

22 Bullets was released in Russia with unexpected success. Richard Berry's film clocked up 440,000 admissions in 20 days. Since films remain on Russian screens for only a short time, 22 Bullets is coming close to the end of its run. After a bleak year for French films in Russia in 2009, these are fine results in this territory, not rivaled since the first episode of the Mesrine series hit the screens in 2008 (420,000 admissions).

The Concert continues its run in Italy and Spain. With, respectively, 590,000 and 180,000 admissions to its credit, the film has achieved an outstanding performance, bolstered by stable attendance figures throughout that bear witness to positive word of mouth publicity. The Concert was also released in Japan on April 17, where it constantly showed to packed screenings at the Bunkamura cinema and the Cine Switch Ginza (Tokyo's major movie theaters). It has attracted 32,000 spectators from 5 prints. The film's distributor, Gaga Corporation, who is banking on extended success for the film, is due to raise the number of prints in circulation to 12. Now credited with close to 1 million admissions abroad, the film's international score will soon exceed its attendance figures in France (1.9 million), due, in particular, to its upcoming release in the USA on July 16 by the Weinstein Company Inc.

Finally, we can note the fine results registered by the French majority film The Ghost Writer. Shot in English, this film is approaching the 5 million admissions mark abroad. Its low-key reception in the USA (1.9 million admissions) was compensated for by excellent scores in Europe: 700,000 admissions to date in Spain, 570,000 admissions in 20 days in the UK, 400,000 admissions in two weeks in Italy, and 400,000 admissions in Poland. The film is also slated for upcoming release in Australia and Asian territories. The Ghost Writer could well finish its run with 8 million admissions outside France, doubling the score of Oliver Twist, Roman Polanski's previous film.

Article by  Jean-Rémi Ducourtioux



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