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Superchondriac gets off to a flying start

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- Dany Boon’s new comedy has taken 1.7 million admissions in five days, the most impressive initial performance for a French film since 2011

Superchondriac gets off to a flying start

Released by Pathé across 836 theatres, Superchondriac [+see also:
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by Dany Boon has enticed 1.7 million cinemagoers in five days, to give estimated takings of €10.94 million. It has therefore enjoyed the most impressive kick-off for a French film since Boon’s previous work as a director, Nothing to Declare (2011), which ended up taking 8.1 million admissions.

A very strong start was also recorded for the Franco-American action film Non-Stop [+see also:
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, by Spanish director Jaume Collet-Serra, which attracted an audience of 401,000 over five days. The title was released by StudioCanal in 442 cinemas.

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Equally impressive is the stamina shown by Christophe GansBeauty and the Beast [+see also:
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interview: Christophe Gans
interview: Léa Seydoux
interview: Vincent Cassel
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, which has only lost 28% of its audience in its third week, accumulating 1.36 million admissions (released by Pathé Distribution in 593 theatres). On the other hand, the comedy Crocodile from Botswanga [+see also:
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by Fabrice Eboué and Lionel Steketee has seen its attendance levels fall away by 44% in its second week, nevertheless giving a decent total of 841,000 admissions (released by Mars Distribution across 451 screens). There is also a clear drop in popularity being observed by another French comedy, Les trois frères, le retour, which has clocked in at 1.94 million viewers after 19 days in theatres (released by Wild Bunch Distribution across 701 screens).

It is interesting to note that this year, the market share of German films in France will be bolstered by the country’s co-productions with the United States, including The Grand Budapest Hotel [+see also:
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(315,000 admissions over five days – released by 20th Century Fox France in 172 theatres) and Pompeii [+see also:
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(495,000 admissions over 12 days – released by SND in 301 cinemas). By the same reasoning, British cinema is benefiting from the majority American co-production 12 Years A Slave [+see also:
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interview: Michael Fassbender
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by English director Steve McQueen, which took 1.38 million admissions over five weeks (Mars Distribution) and should be able to top up this score thanks to its recent Oscar win for Best Film.

Lastly, and on a different scale entirely, Memento Films Distribution has been remarkably successful with Ida [+see also:
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interview: Pawel Pawlikowski
interview: Pawel Pawlikowski
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by Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski, which has just hit the 270,000-admissions mark and will still be showing in 150 theatres from tomorrow, as its fourth week of screening begins.

(Translated from French)

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