106.62 million admissions taken in the first half-year
by Fabien Lemercier
- The first six months of the year closed at +11.4% compared to 2013 and with a 48.5% market share racked up for French films
After seven straight months of increases, attendance levels in French movie theatres seemed to come to a standstill in June, standing at -16.5% (11.52 million admissions) compared to the same month in 2013, a fall attributed to events such as the football World Cup, which undoubtedly pulled a certain number of viewers away from the cinemas in favour of the small screen. However, this has not prevented the total figure for the first half of the year from boasting an 11.4% increase compared to last year, with 106.62 million admissions taken.
Riding the wave of the phenomenal success of the comedy Serial (Bad) Weddings [+see also:
film profile] by Philippe de Chauveron (10.2 million admissions and still occupying the number-two spot at the weekly box office in its 12th week of screening - UGC Distribution), the market share of French films reached 48.5% for the first half-year 2014, as against 41.6% for American productions and 9.8% for features from other countries.
Another French comedy took second place at the box office for the first half of the year (Superchondriac [+see also:
film profile] by Dany Boon, taking 5.2 million admissions – distributed by Pathé), with the top three for 2014 rounded off by the American animated film Rio 2 (3.09 million viewers in 12 weeks - 20th Century Fox). Also of note are the very impressive score racked up by Philippe Lacheau’s Babysitting [+see also:
film profile] (2.2 million admissions in 11 weeks - UPI France), the great run currently being enjoyed by French Women [+see also:
film profile] by Audrey Dana (1.13 million viewers in almost five weeks - Wild Bunch Distribution) and the 500,000-admission mark shattered by Two Days, One Night [+see also:
interview: Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne
film profile] by Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne (Diaphana Distribution) in its sixth week.
(Translated from French)