France Hits 43-Year High for Movie Admissions in 2010
Looks like people in France really enjoy going out to the movies, unlike us Americans who are watching more and more movies from home.
According to The Hollywood Reporter , 206.5 millions tickets were sold in the country last year, which was a slow but steady 2.7% rise from 2009.
This marks a 43-year record for the territory, according the national French film organization, CNC.
These numbers are not only above the 188.08 million average for ticket sales in the territory over the past 10 years, they are also the highest since 1967, when 211.45 million tickets were sold.
These numbers come in despite a reportedly disappointing December that saw a 13.5% drop in ticket sales compared to the year before. It is felt that a strong first semester (representing an 8.1% jump from 2009) is a part of what kept the Gallic box office afloat.
Digital cinema was all the rage in France last year, with reportedly more than 1,800 theaters getting equipped with digital technology, which was 17% more than in 2009. French cinema made the trek into the dimension as well, with 24 films released in 3D compared to just 16 in 2009. 3D releases reportedly sold more than 33 million tickets, which was 16% of total box office.
Top titles included Inception, Twilight 3 and Alice in Wonderland plus French films Little White Lies, Heartbreaker and Of Gods and Men.
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