French titles abroad see ticket sales slip in 2007


Life wasn't as rosy for French cinema abroad in 2007 as it was the previous year, with admissions for French films in other countries dropping from 56 million to 53.7 million tickets and boxoffice revenue falling from more than €300 million ($440.5 million) to €252 million ($370 million), according to preliminary estimates from state-run film promotion organization Unifrance.

Unifrance hopes that final boxoffice totals will reach 57 million admissions and €270 million ($396.5 million) in income, the organization said Thursday.

French films released worldwide in 2007 number 292, compared to 298 in 2006. Europe remains the primary distributor of Gallic titles with 61% of total ticket sales coming from the continent. Germany, Spain, Italy and the U.K. sold 15.3 million tickets for French films last year, Unifrance said.

Gallic titles are all the rage in Russia with 7.3 million tickets sold, trumping even the U.S's 6.8 million admissions.

The English-speaking export markets accounted for 11 million tickets sold.