French cinemas take 104.94 million admissions in the first half of the year
by Fabien Lemercier
- Attendance levels have fallen slightly compared to the first six months of 2016; the market share of French films in 2017 stands at 36.3%
According to the CNC’s estimates, 104.94 million admissions were recorded in France in the first half of 2017, or 1.8% less than during the same period in 2016. In June, 11.91 million viewers visited movie theatres in France, a figure that is almost identical (down 0.1%) to the corresponding one from last year. Nevertheless, despite the overall level of movie-theatre attendance in the country still being very high (211.12 million admissions have been sold over the past 12 months), we should point out that five of the first six months in 2017 were marked by a decrease compared to 2016 (down 1% in January, down 4.3% in February, down 1.6% in March and down 9% in May), with only April bucking the trend, as it was up 5.1%.
As for market shares, French movies represented 36.3% of the admissions from the first half of 2017 (38.5% for the same period last year), as against 50.6% for US productions and 13.1% for features from elsewhere (which are clearly gaining traction).
The box-office performance of the films released in the first six months of the year was spearheaded by the French comedy Raid dingue [+see also:
film profile] by Dany Boon, with 4.5 million admissions. The rest of the top ten was dominated by US productions, with the exception of another French comedy, Alibi.com [+see also:
film profile] by Philippe Laucheau, which ended up in fourth place, with 3.5 million viewers. In total, nine French features exceeded the one-million-admissions mark during the first six months of the year, the other titles being Il a déjà tes yeux [+see also:
film profile] (1.37 million viewers), Rock’n Roll [+see also:
film profile] (1.29 million), A Bag of Marbles [+see also:
film profile] (1.28 million), Step by Step [+see also:
film profile] (1.2 million), The Climb [+see also:
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film profile] (1 million).
(Translated from French)
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