Magazine article Screen International

French Box Office Dipped 5.9% in 2012

Magazine article Screen International

French Box Office Dipped 5.9% in 2012

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French films accounted for 40.2% of market against 45.3% for US pictures.

French theatrical admissions fell by 5.9% in 2012 to 204 million entries, down from 217 million the previous year, according to provisional figures released by France's National Cinema Centre (CNC).

In spite of the dip the CNC said the results represented "an excellent year for cinema".

"The result is well above the average figure for the last ten years and marks the forth consecutive year that the threshold of 200 million admissions has been exceeded (against the ten-year average of 193.2 million)," the body said in a statement.

The first part of the year - buoyed by Intouchables' on-going success as well as titles such as Sherlock Holmes 2, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Houba! On The Trail Of The Marsupilami -- proved more dynamic than the second semester when admissions stagnated or dropped consistently over the final six months of 2012. …

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