French ticket sales off to slow start


PARIS -- The turnstiles at French theaters turned 19 million times in February, a 15.7% decrease from the same period in 2006, according to estimates from national film governing body the CNC.

During the first two months of 2007, 34.3 million tickets were sold, a 6.8% drop from the same period last year. However, annual totals remained positive, with 185.9 million admissions over the past 12 months, a 2.7% increase from the year before.

Homegrown films continue to dominate ticket sales as French movies amassed a 58.9% market share for January and February, compared to 51.2% over the same period in 2006.

In the past 12 months, the market share for French films stood at 46.3% while American films counted for 45.9% of tickets sold and the rest of the world took the remaining 7.8%.