Welcome To The Sticks (Bienvenue Chez Les Ch'tis) has become France's all-time biggest local hit and number two overall behind Titanic. The film is directed by local favourite Dany Boon and co-stars the popular Kad Merad. The fish-out-of-water comedy, set in Nord Pas de Calais, built on the healthy buzz from its premiere in the northern region.
Distributor Le Pacte, created by Bac Films founder Jean Labadie, released its first film, Hana Makhmalbaf's Buddha Collapsed Out Of Shame, in February. Its upcoming films include animated documentary Waltz With Bashir and Italian mafia drama Gomorrah, both hits in Cannes. It is also handling Francois Ozon's Ricky.
The Class (Haut et Court)
Release date: September 24
Laurent Cantet's The Class is the first French film to win a Palme d'Or for 21 years. Set in a difficult high school, it is an intriguing mix of documentary and drama.
Release date: June 4
Docudrama JCVD generated strong buzz and sales in Cannes and marks a return to the big screen for action hero Jean-Claude Van Damme, albeit in a very different role.
Seuls Two (Warner Bros France)
Release date: June 25
Starring comic duo Eric Judor and Ramzy Bedia (who also directed), the film is set in a deserted Paris where a policeman and his prey face off. The pair starred in hits Double Zero and La Tour Montparnasse Infernale.
Total Box Office Jan 1-June 4, 2008 - 90m adms
Number of sites 2008 - 2,122
Market share of local films 2008 - 59%
|FRANCE TOP 10 CHART (JAN 1-JUNE 4, 2008)|
|Title (origin) Distributor||date||adms|
|1||Welcome To The Sticks (Fr) Pathe||Feb 27, 2008||20,143,279|
|2||Asterix ... Olympic Games (Fr-Sp-Ger-It-Bel) Pathe||Jan 30, 2008||6,795,134|
|3||Indiana Jones ... Crystal Skull (US) PPI||May 21, 2008||2,681,197|
|4||Disco (Fr) StudioCanal||Apr 2, 2008||2,435,015|
|5||Enfin Veuve (Fr) Gaumont||Jan 16, 2008||2,210,676|
|6||National Treasure: Book ... (US) Walt Disney Smpi||Feb 13, 2008||1,983,938|
|7||Iron Man (US) SND||Apr 30, 2008||1,922,843|
|8||Paris (Fr) Mars||Feb 20, 2008||1,723,053|
|9||Horton Hears A Who! (US) 20th Fox||Apr 2, 2008||1,618,676|
|10||Into The Wild (US) Pathe||Jan 9, 2008||1,373,083|