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Country Focus: France

188.8m admissions and 45.7% market share for French film

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According to estimations published by the National Film Centre (CNC), 2008 was an excellent year for audience figures in France, with a total of 188.82m admissions, representing an increase of 6.2% compared to 2007.

This score is the second highest in the past 24 years, behind the 2004 record of 195.53m viewers. In 2008, French theatres amassed an estimated €1.12bn in takings (for an average admission price of €5.95 according to the FNCF.

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Moreover, as in 2006 and for the second time since 1986, the market share for French films (45.7% in 2008 compared to 36.5% in 2007) exceeded that of US features, which dropped from 49% to 44.5%. This high-powered duel eclipsed other world cinemas, whose market share fell from 14.4% in 2007 to 9.9% in 2008.

This outstanding year for French film owes a lot to the 20.4m admissions garnered by Welcome to the Sticks [+see also:
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]
and the 6.8m viewers of Asterix at the Olympic Games [+see also:
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film profile
]
. Three other films surpassed the 2m admissions mark: Disco (2.4m), Public Enemy Number One (Part 1) [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
(2.2m) and A Widow at Last [+see also:
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film profile
]
(2.2m).

Eleven other domestic features attracted between 1-2m viewers: Paris [+see also:
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]
, The Class [+see also:
film review
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interview: Carole Scotta
interview: Laurent Cantet
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]
, Public Enemy Number One (Part 2) [+see also:
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film profile
]
, Largo Winch [+see also:
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film profile
]
, Paris 36 [+see also:
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film profile
]
, The First Day of the Rest of Your Life [+see also:
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film profile
]
, Le crime est notre affaire [+see also:
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film profile
]
(“Crime is Our Business”), Agathe Cléry [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
, Ca$h [+see also:
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film profile
]
, Love Me No More [+see also:
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film profile
]
and Let It Rain [+see also:
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film profile
]
.

The 2008 season ended on a positive note with December seeing a slight upturn of 1.6% compared to the same period in 2007. Indeed, the last four months of the year saw increases with respect to 2007, after four consecutive months of decline (from May-August).


See the report:
pdfAudience figures France 2008

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