Magazine article Variety

Filmgoing in France Rebounds from Attacks

Magazine article Variety

Filmgoing in France Rebounds from Attacks

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THOUGH MUCH of Europe, and Belgium in particular, remains on high alert after the Paris terrorist attacks, cinemagoing in Paris continued to recover over the Nov. 20-22 weekend.

Led by "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2" and "Spectre," Saturday box office in Paris and its suburbs was down by just 8%. At 211,000 admissions, Sunday was up by 2% vs. 2014, per Rentrak figures. That contrasts with a plunge of 21% on Wednesday, the day of the Saint-Denis police raid.

"It looks like cinemagoing is recovering, and quite fast," said Eric Marti, Rentrak general manager for France.

But within Paris city limits, admissions dropped a bit more, by 9.5%, on Sunday, vs. same day 2014, showing that filmgoers in the suburbs are less wary of venturing outside. The core teen "Hunger Games" audience was likely told to stay at home earlier, but allowed to go to the cinema this weekend. …

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