French admissions down over 12-month period

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PARIS -- April showers didn't bring many filmgoers in France, as monthly ticket sales plunged 44.2% from April 2006 to 11.7 million, national film organization the CNC announced Thursday.

For the first four months of the year, a total 63.7 million tickets were sold, a 12.4% drop compared with the same period last year.

And in the past 12 months, French theaters saw 179.6 million admissions, a 4% dip in sales from the year before.

Local titles, however, are showing more promise, capturing a 55.4% market share for the first four months of the year versus 50.4% during the same period last year, and 46.2% over the past twelve months, compared to just 37.8% the year before.

U.S. films, however, proved less popular, taking a 34.9% market share for the first four months of 2007 compared with 39.7% in 2006 and a 42.7% share for the past 12 months versus 44.9% the year before.

Other films represented 9.7% of the market for the first four months of the year compared with 9.9% in 2006, and 11.2% over the past 12 months, down from 17.3% last year.

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