Magazine article Screen International

French Cinema Admissions Hit 45-Year, 215 Million High in 2011

Magazine article Screen International

French Cinema Admissions Hit 45-Year, 215 Million High in 2011

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Preliminary figures from France's National Cinema Centre reveal 4.2% rise in cinema attendance in 2011.

Buoyed by the success of homegrown hits Les Intouchables [pictured] and Nothing to Declare, French cinema attendance hit a 45-year high of 215 million entries in 2011, according to provisional statistics from France's National Cinema Centre (CNC).

"This result is far higher than the ten-year, annual average of 191 million. It's constitutes a record not reached in 45 years, since the 234 million admissions of 1966," the CNC said in a statement.

The 2011 figure represented a 4.2% increase on 2010, which posted 206 million admissions.

The bumper result is all the more surprising given the moribund start to 2011, which saw attendance fall by 6.2% for the first six months. January posted a year-on-year drop of 22.5%, and April, a fall of 28.5%, before cinema-going bounced back.

The CNC said attendance had been "particularly dynamic" in the second half of 2011, posting a 14.8% rise in entries against the same period in 2010. In November, admissions rose by 33.5% to nearly 26 million and in December by 28.6% to nearly 25 million.

Admissions for French films rose by 21.4% to hit 89 million entries. It was the best performance for local pictures since 1984, when they garnered 94 million entries, and way above the ten-year, annual average of 73 million entries. …

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