47.29 million admissions in the first quarter
by Fabien Lemercier
- Rebound for the number of admissions in French theatres in March and a share evaluated at 40.4 % for French films in the first quarter
After a difficult start to the year with a decline of 10.6 % in admissions in January and 21 % in February compared to the previous year, attendance regained momentum in March with +15.5 % and 18.98 million spectators according to the estimates published by the CNC. This rebound does not, however, keep the total result for the first quarter (47.29 million admissions) from conceding 5.7 % as compared to the same period in 2012.
As for market shares, French films scored 40.4 % during the first quarter versus 51 % for American productions and 8.6 % for feature films from other countries.
In the box-office, French productions especially stand out, especially Jappeloup [+see also:
interview: Lou de Laâge
film profile] by Christian Duguay (1.45 million admissions in three weeks – Pathé Distribution), the welcome surprise 20 ans d’écart [+see also:
film profile] by David Moreau (1.23 million spectators in 21 days), Boule & Bill [+see also:
film profile] by duo Alexandre Charlot – Franck Magnier (1.92 million in five weeks), Vive la France [+see also:
film profile] by Michaël Youn (1.1 million in six weeks), Möbius [+see also:
film profile] by Eric Rochant (1.07 million in five weeks) and Under the Rainbow [+see also:
film profile] by Agnès Jaoui (889,000 in four weeks).
As for non-French European productions and coproductions, I'm So Excited [+see also:
film profile] by Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar (280,000 spectators in its first week) stands out, together with the indefatigable Oscar-winning documentary Sugar Man [+see also:
film profile] by Swedish director Malick Bendjelloul (131,000 admissions in 14weeks and +20% in admissions in the last weekly count) and Wadjda [+see also:
film profile] by Haifaa Al Mansour (431,000 admissions in eight weeks).
(Translated from French)
Did you enjoy reading this article? Please subscribe to our newsletter to receive more stories like this directly in your inbox.