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BOX OFFICE France

Slumdog Millionaire reaches target

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The year has got off to a good start at the French box office, with 14.9m admissions in January, representing an increase of 3.8% compared to the same period in 2008, according to the National Film Centre (CNC).

These results have boosted the market share for domestic productions – which has risen to 36.1% (compared to 33.9% in January 2008) – and European films. Meanwhile, the market share for US features has decreased to 45% (compared to 50.2% for the same period in 2008).

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One of the biggest box-office hits is UK director Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire [+see also:
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. Launched on January 14 by Pathé Distribution on 126 screens, the film has attracted 772,000 viewers in four weeks and benefited from excellent word-of-mouth publicity.

Admissions for the feature dropped by only 4% in its second week on release, by 1% in its third week and by 18% in its fourth week. Meanwhile, its print run was increased to 159, then 184 and finally 189.

French production is currently boosted by the dazzling box office start enjoyed by Lisa AzuelosLOL [+see also:
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, starring Sophie Marceau and Christa Theret. The film has garnered 738,000 admissions in its first week (Pathé Distribution - 430 screens).

The new year has started well for Marceau because Pascale Pouzadoux’s Changing Sides – in which she co-stars with Dany Boon – has drawn 1.61m viewers in five weeks.

Jérôme Salle’s Largo Winch [+see also:
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has almost finished its run at 1.72m admissions in eight weeks (Wild Bunch Distribution).

Other successful French titles include Martin Provost’s unstoppable Séraphine [+see also:
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(573,000 admissions in 19 weeks - Diaphana); Jacques Rémy Girerd’s Mia and the Migoo [+see also:
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(455,000 viewers in nine weeks - Gébéka Films); Louise-Michel [+see also:
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by Benoît Delépine and Gustave Kervern (390,000 admissions in seven weeks - Ad Vitam); Philippe Haim’s Secrets of State [+see also:
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(over 590,000 fans in eight weeks - UGC Distribution); and Frédéric Auburtin’s Special Correspondents [+see also:
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(520,000 admissions in three weeks - EuropaCorp Distribution).

The following films have also opened well: Nicolas Saada’s Spy(ies) (318,000 viewers in two weeks - Mars Distribution); Maïwenn’s The Actress’ Ball [+see also:
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(202,000 admissions in two weeks - SND); and The Other One [+see also:
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by Pierre Trividic and Patrick-Mario Bernard (38,000 admissions in seven days for a 55-print run).

On the European side, UK director Steve McQueen’s Hunger [+see also:
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(MK2 Diffusion) has drawn 111,000 viewers in nine weeks; and Italian filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino’s Il Divo [+see also:
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(StudioCanal) 104,000 in five weeks. Meanwhile, there’s been a moderate start for Swedish director Tomas Alfredson’s Let the Right One In [+see also:
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(Chrysalis Films - 23 screens ) and Belgian filmmaker Joachim Lafosse’s Private Lessons [+see also:
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(Haut et Court - 34 screens), with a respective 12,455 and 9,641 admissions in their first week.

(Translated from French)

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