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Three French films dominated 2014 in theatres

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- Serial (Bad) Weddings, Supercondriac and Lucy beat all the American blockbusters

Three French films dominated 2014 in theatres
Serial (Bad) Weddings by Philippe de Chauveron

On a French market where the trend in the concentration of admissions in favour of a few films is grwoing and accompanied by flops much more stinging than in the past for other feature films, all in a climate of an excess of films on offer, national production has fared excellently at the 2014 box-office and over the first 11 months of the year, the market share for French films rose to 43.4%.

This year’s podium is monopolized by three French productions. Reigning supreme on the top step is the comedy phenomenon Serial (Bad) Weddings [+see also:
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by Philippe de Chauveron with 12.2 million admissions (distribution by UGC). Clocking in in second place is Superchondriac [+see also:
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by Dany Boon which attracted 5.26 million viewers (Pathé Distribution) and which oustripped the English-language French production Lucy [+see also:
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by Luc Besson (5.19 million admissions - EuropaCorp Distribution).

Three wonderful performances also for Samba [+see also:
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by duo Eric Toledano - Olivier Nakache which features tenth in annual rankings with 3.1 million admissions (distribution by Gaumont), and for Nicholas on Holiday [+see also:
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by Laurent Tirard (2.37 million viewers - Wild Bunch Distribution).

Also worth mentioning among French films exceeding one million viewers in France; Babysitting [+see also:
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by Philippe Lacheau (2.30 million admissions - UPI France), The Three Brothers are back by Pascal Légitimus, Didier Bourdon and Bernard Campan (2.23 million viewers - Wild Bunch), La famille Bélier [+see also:
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by Eric Lartigau (2.21 million admissions in two weeks - Mars Distribution) , Fiston [+see also:
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by Pascal Bourdiaux (1.9 - SND), Beauty and the Beast [+see also:
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by Christophe Gans (1.82 - Pathé), Yves Saint Laurent [+see also:
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by Jalil Lespert (1,63 - SND), Barbecue [+see also:
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by Eric Lavaine (1.6 - StudioCanal), French Women [+see also:
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by Audrey Dana (1.34 - Wild Bunch), The Connection [+see also:
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by Cédric Jimenez (1,3 million admissions - Gaumont) , Crocodile from Botswanga [+see also:
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by Fabrice Eboué and Lionel Steketee (1.22 - Mars Distribution) and Tu veux ou tu veux pas [+see also:
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(Sex, Love and Therapy) by Tonie Marshall (1.05 - Warner). Another worth noting is the very nice surprise Hippocrates [+see also:
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by Thomas Lilti (940 000 admissions - le Pacte).

French animation also stood out with Asterix – The Land of the Gods [+see also:
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by Louis Clichy and Alexandre Astier (2,63 million - SND) and Minuscule – Valley of the Lost Ants [+see also:
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by Thomas Szabo and Hélène Giraud (1.45 - Le Pacte with Les Editions Montparnasse).

As for non-national European films, British production prevailed over other countries with, among others, Paddington by Paul King (2.09 million admissions - StudioCanal), Non-Stop [+see also:
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by Spanish Jaume Collet Serra (1.22 million admissions – a co-production bringing together the UK, France and the US - StudioCanal) and Philomena [+see also:
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by Stephen Frears (722 000 admissions - Pathé).

(Translated from French)

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