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‘Lies’ set to top French big hitters

Gallic 2010 B.O. on track for best-ever gross

Guillaume Canet’s “Little White Lies” is on track to become the highest-grossing French film on home turf this year.

“Lies” has earned $29.9 million in three weeks off a current 629-print run and has a good chance of surpassing comedy “Camping 2,” with $33.5 million in B.O.

“Inception,” which grossed $42 million, is the biggest release in Gaul this year.

A “dramedy of manners,” in Canet’s words, about a group of friends approaching 40 or older, vacationing on a gorgeous stretch of France’s Atlantic coastline, “Lies” toplines some of France’s biggest marquee names — Marion Cotillard, Jean Dujardin, Francois Cluzet and Benoit Magimel.

The French B.O. is headed toward another banner year, according to the CBO box office website, which reports admissions through Nov. 2 at 163.8 million, up 6.2% from the same period in 2009. It estimates 2010 B.O. will finish at a record $1.9 billion.

Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox, Disney and UPI lead the 2010 distributors’ rankings in France. EuropaCorp and Pathe top the indie distrib list.

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