17 April 2012 à 12:00
15 million admissions abroad for The Intouchables
The Intouchables recently passed the symbolic 15-million-admissions mark abroad, being the equivalent of more than €100 million at the box office.
Only three films have managed such a feat in the last 20 years: Amélie (23.1 million admissions), March of the Penguins (20 million), and Asterix and Obelix vs. Caesar (15.9 million).
Moreover, The Intouchables has crossed the million-spectator threshold in 5 territories. The film by Nakache and Toledano is now the greatest French success in Italy since the beginning of 2000, with 2 million admissions compared to the 1.4 million for Amélie, released in 2002.
In Spain, it has attracted 1.3 million spectators in a month and, by the end of April, could equal the results achieved by Asterix and Obelix Meet Cleopatra (1.6 million admissions in 2002). With 1.2 million admissions, The Intouchables also became the second highest scoring success of a foreign film in Switzerland since 1995, all nationalities combined, behind... Titanic (1.9 million admissions). Elsehwere, it has reached 7.6 million admissions in Germany, 960,000 in Belgium, 650,000 in Austria, and even 40,000 spectators after only 2 weeks in theaters in Greece, exceeding its local distributor's most optimistic expectation.
After having conquered the main European territories (apart from the United Kingdom), The Intouchables began its Asian career in South Korea, where it climbed to second place at the box office the weekend it released, in 400 prints, which already constitutes the best performance recorded by a French-language film since the beginning of 2000. It has racked up 1.5 million admissions in only 3 weeks.
The nine main Latin American territories welcome the film this month, and its imminent release in Quebec and Russia, and its release in May in the USA (where Harvey Weinstein acquired the remake rights almost a year ago) could further increase this tidal wave of success by allowing The Intouchables to overtake 20 million admissions.
Latest update : 28 June 2012 à 12:00 CEST