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BOX OFFICE France

Heartbreaker gets off to flying start

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Pascal Chaumeil’s Heartbreaker [+see also:
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(see news) has enjoyed an excellent first week in French theatres, where it attracted almost 1.17m viewers.

Launched on a moderate print-run of 379 by Universal Pictures France, this romantic comedy starring Romain Duris, Vanessa Paradis, Julie Ferrier and Belgian actor François Damiens has achieved an impressive per-screen average of 3,081 viewers and so far amassed €7m in takings, while its production budget amounted to €8.7m. Sold to territories across the world, the film will be released in the United Kingdom by Revolver Entertainment on June 25.

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French productions dominate the current box office rankings for this week’s second best-performing film is Roselyne Bosch’s moving The Round-Up [+see also:
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(see news). With 900,000 more admissions in its second week, the film brings its total to 1.73m (almost €10.4m in takings). Released by Gaumont on 602 screens, the feature, starring Jean Reno, Mélanie Laurent and Gad Elmaleh, has had its print-run increased to 702, in order to cash in on the “Printemps du Cinéma” event organised from March 21-23 by the FNCF with screenings priced at €3.5 in all French theatres.

Roman Polanski’s Berlin prize-winner The Ghost Writer [+see also:
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is in fourth position this week with a total of 752,000 admissions after three weeks on release (Pathé Distribution on 334 screens).

Meanwhile, German director Fatih Akin’s Soul Kitchen [+see also:
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has garnered 100,000 admissions in its first week (Pyramide Distribution on 120 screens).

Géraldine Nakache and Hervé Mimran’s Tout Ce Qui Brille [+see also:
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(“All That Glitters”) also got off to an excellent start this Wednesday. With 60,000 admissions for a 294-print run (Pathé Distribution), the film almost matches the score of Richard Berry’s 22 Bullets [+see also:
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(65,000 viewers for a 500-print run - Europa Corp Distribution). The two titles are nonetheless far behind US blockbuster Alice In Wonderland (3D), which amassed 250,000 admissions in its first day on 735 screens (distributed by Walt Disney Studios).

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(Translated from French)

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