French welcome Boon's 'Ch'tis' to land of No. 1


France has a new local boxoffice king. "Bienvenue Chez Les Ch'tis," Dany Boon's comedy of country manners, became Gaul's all-time ticket sales champ over the weekend, displacing previous record holder "La Grande Vadrouille."

As of Sunday night, "Ch'tis" had sold 17.4 million tickets since its Feb. 27 release, edging past "Vadrouille's" 42-year-old record of 17.3 million.

The film's distributor, Pathe, now has its sights set on breaking the boxoffice record set by "Titanic" in 1997 with 20.6 million admissions.