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The French box office takes 60.89 million admissions in the first quarter

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- The market share of French films stood at 43.4% for the first three months of 2018, which recorded stable admissions overall

The French box office takes 60.89 million admissions in the first quarter
Les Tuche 3 by Olivier Baroux

According to the CNC’s estimates, 60.89 million admissions were recorded in French theatres in the first quarter of 2018 – in other words, 0.1% less than during the same period in 2017. Nonetheless, this apparently stable quarterly result was produced by some fairly dramatic monthly fluctuations, as January was clearly up (+11.3%) compared to last year, while February saw a considerable drop (-13.2% compared to the same month last year), before attendance levels bounced back again in March (+7.1%).

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As for market shares, French films represented 43.4% of admissions for the first quarter of 2018 (42.9% for the same period last year), as against 40.6% for US productions (down 6.2% on the first three months of 2017) and 16% for features from other countries (up 5.7% on the same period last year). 

The films that topped the box office in the first quarter were two French comedies distributed by PathéLes Tuche 3 [+see also:
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 by Olivier Baroux (5.6 million admissions) and La ch’tite famille [+see also:
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 by Dany Boon (racking up 5.28 million viewers in five weeks). Hot on their heels were three US movies (Black PantherMaze Runner: The Death Cure and Fifty Shades Freed), which outpaced two French films released by Gaumont: the comedy Rolling to You [+see also:
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 by Franck Dubosc (1.78 million admissions in three weeks) and the family movie Belle et Sébastien 3, le dernier chapitre [+see also:
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 by Clovis Cornillac (1.64 million viewers). Also worth noting are the 891,000 admissions racked up by the British co-production Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri [+see also:
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by Martin McDonagh (Twentieth Century Fox France), the 853,000 fans of the animated film Early Man [+see also:
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 by Nick Park (a British production funded and distributed by StudioCanal), the 456,000 tickets sold for The Apparition [+see also:
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 by Xavier Giannoli (Memento Films Distribution), the 373,000 for Custody [+see also:
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 by Xavier Legrand (Haut et Court), the 328,000 for Memoir of Pain [+see also:
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 by Emmanuel Finkiel (Les Films du Losange) and the 300,000 for Call Me by Your Name [+see also:
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 by Italy’s Luca Guadagnino (Sony Pictures Releasing).

(Translated from French)

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