German blockbuster Good Bye, Lenin! and local co-production Labyrinths (Dedales) scored strong openings this week in France.
Good Bye, Lenin! sold 163,695 tickets from just 89 screens in its first week on release, netting $1.03m. This awarded the film third place in the French chart and saw it boast a screen average of nearly 1,000 admission per screen more than chart leader Bruce Almighty. In Paris the comedy placed second to Bruce Almighty with a mighty 76,140 admissions from 23 screens. (For further information see separate ScreenDaily.com story).
While Labyrinths, which is a French-Belgian co-production written and directed by Rene Manzor, may not have been able to compete on that level it still saw solid business from its 155 screens. Distributor CTV International sold 76,753 tickets for ninth place but the fourth highest screen average of the week. It stars Sylvie Testud, Lambert Wilson, Frederic Diefenthal and Michel Duchaussoy.