According to figures released by CNC, September 2022 was the worst month at the French box office since records began in 1980, excluding the pandemic year of 2020.
Compared to September 2021, ticket sales fell 20.7 percent to 7.4 million admissions. This was a decrease of 34.2 percent compared to September 2019 before the pandemic.
In the year to date until September 30, French cinemas had received 105 million admissions, 30.3% less than the same period in 2019 and 29.1% less than the 2017-2019 average.
54 films were released in September 2022 compared to 59 in September 2019, an average of 14 films per week. Only five US titles were released in theaters, compared to 10 films in 2021 and 12 films in 2019. Market share for French films is estimated at 39.6% for the first nine months of 2022 and 37.9% for US films.
Three of the top five spots in September are French titles, with Jerome Salle’s thriller Komprot (released by SND on September 7) led the way. It was the first American film in the ranking and third overall avatara Disney remake of James Cameron’s 2009 film, was re-released in French theaters on September 21.
In September 2021, Warner Bros. France mound And Disney Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Numbers Both performed well this year. Komprot And J avatar Only two titles were reissued to break the 500,000 entry barrier.
Olivia Wildes Don’t worry darling It opened strongly at number three when it was released on September 21 through Warner Bros. France with 151,272 tickets sold in its first week. But the film dropped 37 percent in France in its second week, selling just 95,000 tickets, falling to seventh place. Christian Carrion’s French-language comedy Uni Belly Course It sold an impressive 180,000 tickets in its first week of release via Pathe, but fell 33% in its second week to number five.
Long live women
In more positive news, films by French female directors are performing well and may help boost the box office going forward. Rebecca Zlotowski’s Venice title Other people’s children It hit French theaters on September 21 with the best debut of the director’s career to date and the best first week for distributor Ad Vitam.
Currently in the top five in 330 theaters, it had the second-best site average for its first week in release (432 viewers per site) and has already earned more entries than the director’s first two titles combined.
Alice Vancouver Revoir Paris It also saw an increase in admissions, claiming sixth place at the French box office with 375,000 admissions to date, already breaking box office records for Winocour. Both films feature popular actress Virginie Efira.
Paramount’s horror film the smile Local theater owners are also smiling, ahead of another Paramount production for the best first weekend of the year for a horror film. cry out (185,000 tickets in January).
French cinema owners are hoping that October will be more exciting with expected French titles including Cedric Jimenez’ Cannes title November (Studio Kennel), Olivier Dahan’s Simon Purdy: Woman of the Century (Warner Bros. France) and Nicholas Bedus mask (Pathe) set to release. American titles included Black Adam (Warner Bros. France) Halloween is over (universal) and the George Clooney-Julia Roberts starrer ticket to heavenuniversal).