French cinema takes hit in November


PARIS -- French cinema struck out at the boxoffice in November, with transportation strikes causing admissions to drop 21.6% from the same month in 2006 to 13.1 million, government film organization the CNC said Wednesday.

About 160.7 million French filmgoers headed to movie theaters January through November, a 4.7% drop from last year.

Homemade fare was hardest hit, with French films representing just 36.7% of admissions, down from 43.9% in 2006.

Hollywood productions remained popular in the territory with a 50.1% market share compared with 44.9% last year.

The national boxoffice for the January-November period totaled $1.4 billion, a slight decline from last year's $1.5 billion.

The CNC predicts that total cinema admissions for 2007 will reach 181.1 million, about 5.7% less than 2006.