French films traveling well in '07


PARIS --Gallic product is off to a quick start in 2007, with French films doing strong numbers in foreign territories, according to state-run film promotion organization Unifrance.

Luc Besson's "Arthur and the Minimoys" spearheaded the country's exports for the first two months of this year, with $14 million in U.S. boxoffice receipts, €7 million ($9.2 million) in the U.K., €3.7 million ($4.8 million) in Spain, €3 million ($3.9 million) in Germany and €1.6 million ($2.1 million) in Italy.

Michel Gondry's offbeat "The Science of Sleep" took in €600,000 ($786,926) in Italy, €32,000 ($41,969) in the U.K. and €20,000 ($26,230) in Spain.

Denis Dercourt's "The Page Turner" drew a surprisingly large audience in the U.K. with €250,000 ($327,886) and also proved to be a crowd-pleaser in Italy with €180,000 ($236,077) and Denmark with €50,000 ($65,577).

U.S. audiences enjoyed a trip to Daniele Thompson's "Avenue Montaigne," which took in $70,000 during its first two weeks of release on just two screens. Rachid Bouchareb's World War II drama "Days of Glory," fresh off its Oscar nomination, already has amassed more than $100,000 in ticket sales and Abderrahmane Sissako's smaller-budgeted African drama "Bamako" also drew a nicely-sized Anglophone art house crowd with $30,000 in the U.S. and €10,000 ($13,115) in the U.K.

The German public expressed its love for the collective "Paris, Je T'aime", with 130,000 ticket sold in the territory. Italy proved to be Patrice Leconte's pal, with 275,000 filmgoers for "My Best Friend." Alain Resnais' "Private Fears in Public Places" sold 150,000 tickets and animated hit "Azur and Asmar" over 50,000.

French romantic comedies are all the rage in Poland as "I Do!" took in €100,000 ($131,154) on 40 screens and "Priceless" earned €120,000 ($157,385) on 50 screens.

Olivier Dahan's "La Vie en Rose" started 2007 by singing its way to third place at the German boxoffice, where it already has sold 100,000 tickets on 200 screens.