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Sixteen French films make over one million admissions in 2012

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- Houba! On the Trail of the Marsupilami climbs up onto the annual podium. Audiard and Ozon shine on a list of mostly comedies.

Sixteen French films make over one million admissions in 2012

With 5.29 million admissions, Alain Chabat’s Houba! On the Trail of the Marsupilami [+see also:
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(photo) has made it to best French film at the annual box office, and is third overall on the 2012 podium after British co-production Skyfall (over 6.6 million admissions) and American animation film Ice Age 4 (6.58 million admissions). Two other French productions feature among the top 10: Laurent Tirard’s Asterix and Obelix: God Save Britannia [+see also:
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(3.7 millions) in eighth place, and Alexandre de La Patellière and Matthieu Delaporte’s Le Prénom (3.3 million) in tenth place.

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They are followed by Olivier Megaton’s English-language thriller Taken 2 [+see also:
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(2.9 million), Olivier Dahan’s football comedy Les Seigneurs [+see also:
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(2.7 millions), and collage film The Players [+see also:
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(2.3 million). Rust & Bone [+see also:
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(1.9 million), Jacques Audiard’s Cannes contender and recent Golden Globe double-nominee (for best film in a foreign language and best actress) is seventh bestselling French title in French cinemas this year. 

Next come two comedies, James Huth’s Un bonheur n’arrive jamais seul [+see also:
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(1.8 million) as well as Frédéric Forestier and Thomas Langmann’s Stars 80 [+see also:
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(1.8 million), followed by Florent Emilio Siri’s biopic My Way [+see also:
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(1.7 million) as well as Rémi Bezançon and Jean-Christophe Lie’s animation film Zarafa (1.4 million).

On the list of French films that attracted over a million viewers this year, there are also three more comedies: Pascal Chaumeil’s Un plan parfait [+see also:
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(1.2 million), Philippe de Chauveron’s Les vacances de Ducobu [+see also:
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(1.05 million), and Franck Gastambide’s off-the-wall comedy Porn in the Hood (1.015 million). François Ozon’s In the House [+see also:
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(1.16 million – awarded in San Sebastian) and Michel Ocelot’s animation title Kirikou and the Men and Women [+see also:
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(1,07 million) are the last on a list of 16 French titles that made over one million admissions in 2012.

Other films that recorded good results include Christian Vincent’s Haute Cuisine [+see also:
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(986,075), Noémie Lvovsky’s Camille Rewinds [+see also:
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(875,000) and Régis Roinsard’s Populaire (that has already made 910,000 admissions this December).

Finally, the films of two European masters stand out: English director Ken Loach’s The Angels’ Share [+see also:
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(748,933 admissions) and Austrian director Michael Haneke’s Palme d’Or winner Love [+see also:
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(over 615,000 cinema-goers).

(Translated from French)

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