French films fade at world box office in 2004

15th December 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Dec 15 (AFP) - French films have generated 11 percent fewer ticket sales so far around the world in 2004 compared to 2003, making it an average year for the second-biggest international movie industry after Hollywood, the state body promoting the movies said Wednesday.

PARIS, Dec 15 (AFP) - French films have generated 11 percent fewer ticket sales so far around the world in 2004 compared to 2003, making it an average year for the second-biggest international movie industry after Hollywood, the state body promoting the movies said Wednesday.

Some 33 million people in different countries saw a French movie between January and November this year, down from the 37 million recorded over the same period in 2003, Unifrance said.

But those preliminary results were likely to get a significant end-of-year boost from the big-budget production "A Very Long Engagement" by Jean-Pierre Jeunet - the maker of the biggest French box-office success to date, 2001's "Amelie".

The war drama, which also stars "Amelie" actress Audrey Tautou, opens in many US cinemas on Friday and in Australia and New Zealand on December 26.

With that factored in, Unifrance calculated 2004 will see around 40 million ticket sales internationally, bringing in EUR 200 million (USD 270 million) - putting the year in the average range for the past decade.

Germany, the United States, Italy and Japan represent the biggest foreign markets for French films, the state body said.

The top five of the 330 French productions exported around the world up to the end of November were: "Two Brothers" (5.1 million tickets sold); "Crimson Rivers 2" (2.9 million tickets); "The Choristers" (1.7 million); "Monsieur Ibrahim" (1.5 million) and "The Triplets of Belleville" (1.4 million).

© AFP

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