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U.S. pics lose French market share

Tix sales at Gaul B.O. fall 12.2%

Ticket sales for U.S. films at the French box office fell 12.2% in 2005 to 80.6 million tickets sold — the lowest level since 1998. U.S. pics’ market share was down 1.8% to 46%, according to figures published Wednesday.

Ticket sales for U.S. films have averaged 66.9 million over the past decade, according to the Centre National de la Cinematographie, France’s film industry body.

French movies saw ticket sales slide 14.1% to 64.8 million, though still better than the decade-long average of 59 million. Market share for French films was 37%, down 1.6% from the previous year.

Between them, Brit-classified films “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” two of the year’s top four movies, pushed up total admissions for non-French films to 30.3 million, repping an unusually high 17% market share.

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