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How did last year's Cannes films fare at the box office?

Elle, It’s Only The End Of The World and Julieta were the big hits from Cannes 2016.

With Cannes over for another year, Screen revisited some of last year’s Cannes titles and assessed how they performed at the box office in major European markets (see below), as part of our investigation into how foreign language films perform in the UK.

The figures show that Pedro Almodovar’s Julieta was the most succesful at the box office, making more than $1 million in four regions, including $5.5m in France. Julieta was also one of only two films that broke the million dollar barrier in the UK, along with Elle.

France was perhaps unsurprisingly the biggest market for Cannes films, with Xavier Dolan’s It’s Only The End Of The World earning more than $7 million in the territory. Cristian Mungiu’s Graduation was the only film on our list to make less than $1 million in France.

Figures below from comScore.


France: $1,223,834
Italy: $260,416
Spain: $109,608
UK: $64,031


France $4,537,412
Germany $1,268,347
Italy $1,059,836
UK & Ireland $1,039,599
Spain $1,002,034


France $966,293
Italy $534,493
Spain $105,717
UK & Ireland $97,184


France $5,645,601
Spain $2,250,354
Italy $2,184,562
UK & Ireland $1,731,876
Germany $714,341

The Handmaiden

France $2,047,282
UK & Ireland $878,353
Germany $280,591
Spain $159,902

It’s Only The End Of The World

France $7,548,295
Italy $891,578
Germany $207,803
Spain $109,256
UK & Ireland $107,772


France $1,626,255
Italy $599,092
Germany $299,495
UK & Ireland $113,401
Spain $93,770

The Salesman

France $1,943,590
Italy $1,069,647
Spain $680,858
Germany $490,655
UK & Ireland $302,063

Toni Erdmann

Germany $8,314,209
France $2,407,627
UK & Ireland $721,778
Spain $585,105
Italy $454,060

The Unknown Girl

France $1,347,583
Italy $465,192
UK & Ireland $89,084
Spain $81,491
Germany $37,204

Read more:
Three arthouse success stories at the UK box office in 2017

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