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The winners of 2011: Untouchable and the rest

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The winners of 2011: Untouchable and the rest

While the 2010 audience figure record (206.3m admissions, i.e. the best score since 1968) is about to be broken, it’s time to take stock of the box-office results for films released this year in French theatres. The final ranking is topped by two domestic comedies: directorial duo Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache’s phenomenal hit Untouchable [+see also:
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(14.56m admissions in seven weeks – distributed by Gaumont ) and Dany Boon’s Nothing to Declare [+see also:
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(8.13m viewers – Pathé). The podium is completed by David Yates’s UK/US co-production Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 [+see also:
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(6.51m admissions – Warner).

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In the Top 10, there is only one other European feature with Tom Hooper’s UK film The King’s Speech [+see also:
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(3m viewers - Wild Bunch Distribution) in eighth position.

Standing out among the 20 French films that surpassed the 1m admissions mark are Maïwenn’s Poliss [+see also:
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(2.3m viewers in eight weeks – Mars Distribution) and Philippe Le Guay’s Service Entrance [+see also:
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(2.27m – SND). They are followed by directorial trio Thomas N'Gijol, Fabrice Eboué and Lionel Stekete’s comedy Back To Square One [+see also:
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(1.8m – Mars); Bibo Bergeron’s animated film A Monster in Paris [+see also:
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(1.63m – EuropaCorp); Christophe Barratier’s War of the Buttons [+see also:
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(1.54m – Mars); Olivier Baroux’s The Tuches [+see also:
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(1.52m – Pathé); Eric Lavaine’s Welcome Aboard [+see also:
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(1.41m – Pathé); and Michel Hazanavicius’s The Artist [+see also:
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(1.52m admissions in nine weeks – Warner).

Next in line are Philippe de Chauveron’s L’élève Ducobu [+see also:
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(“Student Ducobu”, 1.47m – UGC); Yann Samuell’s War of the Buttons [+see also:
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(1.43m – UGC); Daniel Auteuil’s The Well-Digger’s Daughter [+see also:
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(1.39m – Pathé); Jérôme Salles’s The Burma Conspiracy [+see also:
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(1.35m - Wild Bunch); and Zep’s Titeuf, the Film (1.26m – Pathé). Just behind are directorial duo Frédéric Berthe and Pascal Serieis’s Hollywoo [+see also:
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(1.23m viewers in two weeks - StudioCanal); Philippe Guillard’s Jo’s Son [+see also:
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(1.23m - Gaumont); Nicolas Cuche’s Second Chance [+see also:
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(1.04m - Mars); Cédric Klapisch’s My Piece of the Pie [+see also:
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(1.02m – StudioCanal); and Olivier Marchal’s A Gang Story [+see also:
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(937,000 admissions in three weeks - Gaumont).

Among the non-domestic European films, there were noteworthy performances by Woody Allen’s Spanish co-production Midnight in Paris [+see also:
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(1.73m viewers - Mars); Reinhard Klooss and Holger Tappe’s German animated feature Animals United [+see also:
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(1.05m - Metropolitan Filmexport); Spanish helmer Jaume Collet-Serra’s UK/French/German co-production Unknown [+see also:
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(1m – StudioCanal); The Skin I Live In [+see also:
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by fellow Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar (718,000 admissions - Pathé); and We Have A Pope [+see also:
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by Italy’s Nanni Moretti (694,000 - Le Pacte).

(Translated from French)

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