2013 Market Recap - FRANCE: 'Iron Man 3' Leads the Box Office in Slow Year for Domestic Films
on December 28, 2013
By Daniel Loria
Iron Man 3 conquered the French box office with a $40.1 million performance, approximately the same amount of money that was earned by combining the total box office of the franchise’s first two installments. The superhero film was the only release of the year to break the $40 million mark in the country. Thor: The Dark World followed in its footsteps with $22.3 million.
Despicable Me 2 recorded a $36.4 million gross to become the top animated release of the year in France. The first film in the series had grossed $25.3 million in 2010. The only other animated film to break the annual top ten was The Croods. A surprise hit at the box office, The Croods registered a $3.3 million opening weekend that led to a $20 million run in the territory.
Only one French film ranked among the year’s ten highest-grossing releases, making 2013 the year with the least domestic films in the top ten of the decade. Les Profs charmed audiences since its Spring debut, recording a $32.8 million run despite opening only a week ahead of Iron Man 3.
Gravity showed plenty of strength by earning $37.8 million, making France one of the top territories for the sci-fi flick. Alfonso Cuarón's space thriller grossed total of $652.8 million worldwide.
Now You See Me was the biggest box office surprise among the Hollywood imports. France became the film’s top overseas market with a $26.2 million take, representing just under 10% of the film’s $230.6 million overseas cume.
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