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International statistics

15 November 2010 à 15:39

French films at the international box office: October, 2010

In October, The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec, Heartbreaker, and Of Gods and Men ruled the box office abroad.

RankTitleAdmissionsB. O. RevenuesNo. of PrintsNo. of CountriesTotal Admissions
1The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec506,4722,357,04858343,129,468
3Of Gods and Men
422 Bullets
5Little White Lies
6Arthur and the War of the Two Worlds
7The Secret of Moonacre67,996157,08610911,068,773
9Arthur and the Revenge of Maltazard60,356137,35510312,270,681
10Little Nicholas55,696290,88915731,953,920
12The Concert44,106256,82617171,890,965
13The Ghost Writer41,259118,2707936,495,447
14Sarah's Key
16The Horde34,469215,02390248,820
17Enter the Void34,306194,77128381,523
18Certified Copy
19Trouble at Timpeltill32,31672,591761169,468
20Solomon Kane30,61565,3123511,656,585

The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec dominated the charts for French films this month, registering an additional 306,000 admissions, for a total of just under 3 million spectators abroad. After a landslide victory in China two months ago (close to 2 million admissions), followed by excellent results in Russia (300,000 admissions), Luc Besson's film has now hit the major European markets. In Spain, it finished its run with 150,000 admissions. Although posting somewhat disappointing results in Germany (65,000 admissions), Adèle Blanc-Sec has turned up trumps in Italy after three weeks, pulling in 271,000 admissions. In Malaysia, it jumped to the top of the box office in its opening week and already boasts 200,000 admissions after ten days in theaters. Judging by its brilliant career in China and Japan (400,000 admissions), Adèle Blanc-Sec has undoubtedly won over Asian audiences.

After attracting close to 200,000 moviegoers in Russia and 140,000 in the UK two months ago, Heartbreaker was released in Spain on October 22. It registered 145,000 admissions in two weeks and looks set to reach 250,000 by the end of its run. This will rank as the film's most successful results abroad. Also showing at this time in Quebec and the USA, Heartbreaker has registered 70,000 and 60,000 admissions, respectively. Its next port of call is Germany, with a release slated for January, 2011.

A popular and critical hit in France (3 million admissions), Of Gods and Men has also received a warm welcome in other French-language territories. After nine weeks on Belgian screens, it now ranks as the most successful French film of the year in this territory (ousting Camping 2), with 130,000 admissions. This score is all the more impressive considering the film's genre, as it is neither a comedy nor an animated film, French genres that generally take the top spot at the Belgian box office. In Switzerland, Of Gods and Men has drawn close to 40,000 spectators, placing it in 5th place among French films this year, behind Oceans, Heartbreaker, The Ghost Writer, and Gainsbourg. Released two weeks ago in Italy, it has proved a surprise hit, with 100,000 admissions registered on a 56-print release, with attendance numbers rising each week.

In Germany, Mammuth and Gainsbourg have come through with flying colors, registering 110,000 and 70,000 admissions respectively, while The Concert and Little Nicholas continue to draw crowds (345,000 and 245,000 admissions, respectively). Both of these films have successfully attracted large audiences abroad. The Concert currently tallies 255,000 admissions in Spain, 200,000 in Japan, and 700,000 in Italy. These scores were achieved on a limited release, and can be attributed to excellent word-of-mouth that enabled the films to earn good long-term results. The Concert boasts a running total of 2 million admissions abroad, matching its results in France. International results for Little Nicholas also rival those of the home market, thanks to successful runs in Poland (500,000 admissions), South Korea (200,000), Italy (120,000), and the Czech Republic (110,000).

Another noteworthy title, 22 Bullets has hit the mark in South Korea, clocking up 100,000 admissions after attracting 450,000 spectators in Russia in April and 70,000 in Greece, where it remained at the top of the box office for four weeks. Over recent years, South Korea has stamped itself as a major market for big budget French productions: Little Nicholas (200,000 admissions), From Paris With Love (375,000), and Oceans (630,000) have earned some of their most successful results in this territory. French action films shot in English achieve notable success in South Korea, as was the case for Transporter 3 (940,000 admissions) and, in particular, Taken, which set a new record in 2008 with its 2.4 million admissions score.

Author : Jean-Rémi Ducourtioux

Latest update : 17 April 2012 à 15:39 CEST


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