French comedy passes 20 mil admits

'Welcome to the Sticks' closing in on 'Titanic' in France

CANNES -- The French public sent the greatest love letter of all to Dany Boon's postal worker comedy "Welcome to the Sticks" (Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis) on Tuesday when the film officially became only the second in Gallic history to cross the 20 million admissions mark.

"Sticks," showing in French theaters for just 12 weeks, has only 753,634 tickets left to sell before it breaks the French boxoffice record set by "Titanic" after 23 weeks.

While Will Smith celebrates Warner Bros.' upcoming stateside remake of the film back in Hollywood, the film's director and star Dany Boon joined his cast along with Pathe's Claude Berri and Jerome Seydoux to spread their pile of "Ch'tis" across the Festival de Cannes red carpet Wednesday night.
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