French films hold market share of 47.3% in 2008
by Fabien Lemercier
Audience figures in French theatres picked up again in September after four consecutive months of decline, according to estimates published yesterday by the National Film Centre (CNC). With 9.98m viewers (+6.6% compared to the same month in 2007), September brings the 2008 total so far to 139.27m admissions (+2.6% compared to January-September 2007).
For the moment, French film dominates the 2008 market share with 47.3% (36.2% for the same period in 2007) compared to 45.4% for US productions. The domestic titles currently showing in theatres increase this advantage for Laurent Cantet’s Palme d’Or-winner The Class [+see also:
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film profile] had garnered almost 750,000 admissions after 11 days on release (distributed by Haut et Court on an increased print run of 507).
Within the same period, Christophe Barratier’s Paris 36 [+see also:
film profile] has attracted 701,000 viewers (Pathé - 594 screens), while Agnès Jaoui’s Let It Rain [+see also:
film profile] has amassed 768,000 admissions in 20 days (StudioCanal Distribution - 466 screens).
Impressive French production Go Fast [+see also:
film profile] (see news) by Belgian director Olivier Van Hoofstadt has also got off to a good start with 295,000 viewers in five days. The film – starring an outstanding Roschdy Zem as a police officer specialised in infiltration – was launched by EuropaCorp Distribution on 286 screens.
Released by Diaphana on a print run of 161, Martin Provost’s Séraphine [+see also:
film profile] (see news) has drawn 75,000 viewers in five days. There are six French titles in the weekly top 10, with four claiming the top spots.
(Translated from French)
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