With 60M+ Box Office Admissions for Q1, French Cinema Remains Strong
Despite more film audiences engaging with digital tools and content, the CNC reports a stable first quarter for French box office admissions. Gaining a net 5.2% change in attendance (compared to 2017) for January, February, and March, French moviegoers primarily sought homegrown films (43.4%) followed by US productions (40.6%), leaving 16% for the rest of the world.
Below is a list of ranked top-performing films, with recorded admissions (for European productions - source, Cineuropa), which topped the box office in France. *French production, unless otherwise noted. The most interesting finding is how well the American-specific film "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" performed, especially against "Call Me by Your Name."
- Les Tuche 3 (5.6M)
- La ch'tite famille (5.28M)
- Black Panther (US)
- Maze Runner (US)
- The Death Cure (US)
- Fifty Shades Freed (US)
- Rolling to You (1.78M)
- Belle et Sébastien 3, le dernier chapitre (1.64M)
- Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (US)
- Early Man (UK/FR - 853,000)
- The Apparition (456,000)
- Custody (373,000)
- Memoir of Pain (328,000)
- Call Me by Your Name (IT - 300,000)
With this, the CNC published their list of supported April releases, found here, which includes the French-Chinese co-produced film, Ciao Ciao.
"Ciao Ciao succeeds in channeling the provincial ennui, which shapes its characters’ every gesture and utterance — alienation brought into even sharper focus by cinematographer Li Xuejun’s incredible widescreen depiction of open but forlorn rustic spaces. Song’s fatalistic vision is best exemplified by the film’s most comical and harrowing scene: The mayor, above the deafening din of a brass band, sends young men off to work in the cities for “the glory of our town." - The Hollywood Reporter