FRANCE: 'Planes' Takes Off with $4.2M Debut

on October 16, 2013

planes_still.jpgDisney’s Planes opened in 500 screens to take first place in the French box office over the weekend. The animated film averaged a healthy $7,261 per-screen on its way to a $3.6 million weekend total and $4.2 million bow. The successful debut makes France one of the film’s top markets; Planes has only grossed above $4.2 million in seven overseas territories.

Eyjafjallojokull, last week’s box office champion, fell 29% in its first hold for second place. The film took $2.9 million from the weekend, playing in a market-leading 665 screens for a $4,409 average. Eyjafjallojokull has grossed a total of $7.8 million in France.

Prisoners premiered in third place, a positive result considering it only played in 258 screens –the fewest number among all the films on the top half of the chart. Prisoners grossed $2.6 million in its French premiere, a stronger opening than films like The Conjuring, Argo, The Town and Silver Linings Playbook. Prisoners was the runaway winner in the per-screen average category with a $10,096 showing.

Palme d’Or winner La Vie d’Adele took fourth place in its first weekend, earning $2.3 million from 285 screens. Woody Allen occupies the mid-table spot with a $1.7 million take from its third weekend, only a 29% drop from last week’s performance. Blue Jasmine has grossed a total of $9.1 million in France. Lee Daniels’ The Butler rounds out a strong weekend for art house titles in France, adding $1.6 million to its tally during its fifth weekend in release. The Butler expanded its theater count by 51%, a sign of its box office resiliency in the territory. The Butler has now grossed a total of $12.2 million in its French run.

Neither Diana nor Runner Runner have enjoyed the same success as the films mentioned above. The Lady Di biopic sank to the bottom half of the chart with a 49% drop, translating into a $548K weekend a $1.9 million cume. Runner Runner never took off in France, rounding out the top ten with a  $422K performance after three weeks in release. Runner Runner has grossed a total of $2.9 million in France.

Top Ten Films in France. October 11-13, 2013

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