Magazine article Screen International

International Box Office for French Films Rose 19% to [Euro]405 Million in 2011

Magazine article Screen International

International Box Office for French Films Rose 19% to [Euro]405 Million in 2011

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Unifrance study reveals foreign admissions for French films rose by 10% to 65.7 million, but entries for French-language films down by 28%.

International admissions for French films rose by 10% to 65.7 million in 2011 for a 19% hike in the foreign box office gross to [euro]405 million, Unifrance's annual report on the performance of French cinema abroad has revealed.

According to the study released on Thursday, the figures masked, however, a "disappointing" performance for French-language films in 2011 in comparison with 2010.

The 25.2 million admissions for French language films accounted for just 38% of the total foreign entries in 2011, against a 58% share in 2010.

The report noted that only Nothing to Declare [pictured] had surpassed two million entries internationally, thanks mainly to its performance in European, Francophone territories.

In 2010, a number of French films performed well abroad including Oceans with 6.8 million foreign entries and The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec, which garnered 2.3 admissions internationally.

"It's the reverse of the situation last year when total foreign admissions were down but French language films performed well," Unifrance president Antoine de Clermont-Tonnerre commented to Screen. …

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