French boxoffice slips despite hot summer

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PARIS -- Despite a sensational summer, the French boxoffice was generally subpar during the first eight months of the year, with overall ticket sales dropping 1% and Gallic films' share of the market sliding 5.4% during the same period, according to figures from national film body the CNC.

Admissions reached 16.5 million for the month of August, a 9.7% jump from August 2006, bringing total ticket sales from January through August to 126.8 million.

In July, ticket sales at the Gallic boxoffice jumped 57.8% compared to 2006, but the combined July-August success wasn't enough to make up for April's 41.5% plunge in ticket sales and similarly poor results in February (-14%) and May (-11.3%).

A total 187.4 million tickets were sold over the past 12 months, a 1.1% drop from the same period one year earlier.

French films amassed a 36% market share in the first eight months of the year, compared with 41.4% in 2006.

U.S. imports, however, are still tops, taking a 51.3% market share, up from 48.4% last year.

Over the past 12 months, French films maintained a strong 41.1% market share, a slow but steady rise from last year's 39.6% while U.S. films also climbed, to 46.1% from 44.1%.
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