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BOX OFFICE France

Of Gods and Men reigns in theatres

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Of Gods and Men reigns in theatres

Winner of the Grand Prix at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival and French representative in the run for Best Foreign Film at the 2011 Oscars, Xavier BeauvoisOf Gods and Men [+see also:
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has been hogging the top spot at the domestic box-office for three weeks now. Despite the fact that the title was made on only a €4m budget, it has garnered an estimated 1.4m admissions and €9m in receipts to date. The picture is a dazzling success which merits its extensive media coverage that analyses the reasons for the public’s infatuation with a story that revisits the tragedy of the French monks in Tibihirine in Algeria in 1996.

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Released on September 8 through Mars Distribution on 252 prints, the Why Not production drew around 468,000 filmgoers to screens in its first week, then saw a rise in the number of prints to 424 prints in the second week, and 442 in the third week. Dominating all the new U.S. releases for 21 days, Beauvois’ work, which saw its ticket sales increase by 3% in the second week thanks to wider distribution, rose by 5% in the third week. This is the best performance by any of the director’s films, shattering the record of 642,000 filmgoers achieved with his previous feature, The Young Lieutenant [+see also:
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in 2005. Of Gods and Men will open in the Netherlands on November 18, in the United Kingdom on December 10 and in Germany on December 16.

Other French titles in theatres include Rachid Bouchareb’s Outside the Law [+see also:
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, which opened with 195,000 admissions in the first week (distribution StudioCanal on 400 prints) and Claude Lelouch’s Ces Amours-là [+see also:
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drew 219,000 filmgoers in two weeks (distribution Rezo Films/Studio 37 on 320 prints). Bertrand Blier’s The Clink of Ice [+see also:
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(see video interview) is also still holding strong with 677,000 tickets sold in five weeks (Wild Bunch Distribution on 350 prints). European titles doing well at the box office include I Am Love [+see also:
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by Italian helmer Luca Guadagnino with 50,000 admissions in the first week (Ad Vitam on 69 prints) and animated film Le voyage de Sammy by Belgian director Ben Staessen with 1.15m filmgoers in seven weeks (StudioCanal), while Tamara Drewe [+see also:
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by English director Stephen Frears ends its French box office run with a total of 587,000 tickets sold in 11 weeks (Diaphana Distribution).

(Translated from French)

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