France Box Office 2014: Homegrown Hits Take Top Spots, Hollywood Films Hold Steady
Comedies did well, but runaway hit 'Serial (Bad) Weddings' left everyone else at the altar
While romantic comedy Supercondriaque, starring beloved local comedian Dany Boon, and Lucy, an English-language action adventure starring new Paris resident Scarlett Johansson (she married French journalist Romain Dauriac in October, shortly after the birth of their daughter), boasted more than five million admissions each, it was Weddings (Quest-ce que a fait au Bon Dieu) that dominated the box office.
France focuses on the number of admissions to determine the best box-office performers.
The clash-of-cultures comedy Weddings filled more than 12 million seats throughout the summer, hanging out in the top 10 for more than 20 weeks following its April 16 release and bringing in upwards of $104.6 million at the French box office. The story of a Catholic family facing four daughters marrying disparate immigrant men was a surprise hit produced by TF1 for under $13 million, making it the biggest domestic box office success since 2011’s Intouchables.
Here are the top 10 box-office performers in France for 2014 (in number of admissions as of Dec. 18):
1. Serial (Bad) Weddings 12,237,274
2. Supercondriaque 5,230,493
3. Lucy 5,194,115
4. Dawn of Planet of the Apes 3,752,287
5. How to Train Your Dragon 2 3,366,761
6. X-Men: Days of Future Past 3,285,735
7. Rio 2 3,233,263
8. The Maze Runner 3,072,109
9. Samba 3,045,459
10. Hunger Games – Mockingjay: Part 1 2,862,478