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BOX OFFICE France

European film revival in theatres

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Boosted by the "La rentrée du cinéma" initiative organised by the FNCF (National Federation of French Movie Theatres) on September 14,15 and 16 with ticket prices at €3.50 and a total of 1.7m admissions garnered (twice as many as last year), the French box office is enjoying the success of several European titles.

Among the domestic films, Rémi Bezançon’s The First Day of the Rest of Your Life [+see also:
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continues to perform well and still holds seventh position in the weekly rankings, after eight weeks on release. The film’s takings rose by 16% last week, amounting to a total of 992,000 admissions for a 302-print run, which has not yet been changed by its distributor StudioCanal.

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The latter company will also be pleased with the 833,000 viewers attracted by Mathieu Kassovitz’s Babylon A.D. [+see also:
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, after four weeks on release. Meanwhile, Warner are enjoying success with Anne Fontaine’s The Girl from Monaco [+see also:
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(644,000 admissions in four weeks) and Diaphana with Safy Nebbou’s Mark of an Angel [+see also:
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(570,000 viewers in five weeks).

Results have also picked up for Pierre Schoeller’s Versailles [+see also:
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, whose takings rose by 28% last week, for a total of 88,000 admissions so far (distribution - Les Films du Losange).

Vincent Garenq’s Comme les autres [+see also:
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(“Like the Others”, Mars Distribution - 301 screens) has drawn 390,000 viewers in two weeks and Agnès Jaoui ‘s widely publicised Let It Rain [+see also:
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has got off to a good start with 79,000 admissions in one day (StudioCanal - 431 screens).

Other European titles are also faring well, in particular Belgian productions Lorna’s Silence [+see also:
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by the Dardenne brothers, whose performance only dropped off by 11% in its third week, reaching a total of 230,000 admissions (Diaphana Distribution on 177 screens); and Rumba [+see also:
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, which has got off to an impressive start. The burlesque comedy by Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon and Bruno Romy has garnered 40,000 admissions in its first week from 40 screens (MK2 Diffusion), claiming the third best weekly per-screen average, behind US blockbusters Mamma Mia and Mirrors.

Matteo Garrone’s Italian film Gomorrah [+see also:
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is also doing well, having already attracted 420,000 French viewers. The title’s performance declined by only 14% in its fifth week on release on 172 screens (distribution - Le Pacte).

Finally, Mike Leigh’s UK production Happy-Go-Lucky [+see also:
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is enjoying success, with 271,000 admissions in three weeks (177 screens - MK2 Diffusion), while Icelandic feature Jar City [+see also:
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kicked off with 29,000 admissions in its first week (41 screens - distribution Memento), claiming the fourth best weekly per-screen average.

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(Translated from French)

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