A flying start for FC de Kampioenen 2: Jubilee General
by Aurore Engelen
- As expected, with almost 150,000 admissions over five days, the second instalment in the FC de Kampioenen franchise is driving the Belgian box-office counters crazy
As everyone had suspected, FC de Kampioenen 2 [+see also:
film profile] is currently annihilating everything in its path and has just pulled off an excellent opening weekend, drawing in almost 150,000 viewers. This has translated into the best start of all time for a Belgian film, and thus it bested the first instalment, which “only” enticed 130,000 viewers. The movie, which was only released in Flanders and in one theatre in Brussels, attracted nearly half of the Flemish audiences this weekend, with this figure even reaching 75% of the viewers in certain theatres. Despite the beautiful weather over the All Saints weekend, the film benefited from a similarly sunny spell in theatres, where the autumn heavyweights have still not been released: Spectre [+see also:
film profile] comes out next week, Hunger Games in 15 days and Star Wars in a month… The school holidays have just begun in Belgium, which should also help to keep up the momentum in terms of the impressive results being garnered by this family comedy.
Two years ago, the first instalment of FC de Kampioenen [+see also:
film profile] already racked up some incredible figures, drawing in 720,000 viewers. As a reminder, the movie is an adaptation of a successful TV series, which has accompanied Flemish television viewers through the generations, as it was aired for more than 20 years on the country’s main television channel. In it, we follow the adventures of a group of characters who are well known to everyone, or almost everyone, and whom a part of Flemish viewers grew up (or grew old) with. As is the case towards the end of every year, Flemish producers and distributors are preparing to do battle, in order to capitalise on the traditional rise in attendance levels. From now until Christmas, audiences will be keeping their eyes peeled for four other Flemish films with real potential: Black [+see also:
interview: Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fal…
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film profile], Adil El Arbi and Billal Fallah’s Brussels-based West Side Story; Wat Mannen Willen [+see also:
film profile], the “manly” ensemble rom-com by actor Filip Peeters; Mega Mindy vs Rox [+see also:
film profile], the umpteenth opus in the children’s franchise produced by Studio 100; and lastly Safety First [+see also:
film profile], another adaptation of a TV comedy series.
(Translated from French)