French flicks trump U.S. fare as b.o. grows


PARIS -- The French boxoffice started the year off strong with 14.8 million admissions, an increase of 5.2% compared with the same period in 2006, according to figures from government film body CNC.

French films saw an increase of 8.1% in ticket sales over the past 12 months for a total of 189.2 million. French films trumped their U.S. counterparts in January, as the market share for French films surged to 56.4% compared with 32.7% in 2006.

U.S. films, however, took up only 41.9% of the market vs. 52.1% at the same time last year. Over the past 12 months, French films dominated the market with a 46.8% share, followed by U.S. films with 45.2% and other films with 8%.