Comedy-drama has grossed more than $50 mil in France
PARIS — Gaumont has closed the last territories on comedy-drama “Intouchables,” which has grossed more than $50 million in France since its release on Nov. 2.Following an upbeat AFM, Gaumont has inked sales to Japan (Gaga), Latin America (Gussi), CIS (Daro), Korea (Bloomage), Hong Kong (Golden Scene), Taiwan (Filmware) and Singapore (Cathay). Cecile Gaget, head of international sales at Gaumont, said screening the film at the AFM was decisive in helping the company ink these final deals. The Weinstein Co. had previously nabbed the rights for North America, the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, Scandinavia, South Africa and China, and English-language remake rights. Pic will be released in Germany by Senator/Telepool, and will open the Berlin French Film Week on Dec. 2. Other distributors include Spain’s A Contracorriente Films and Italy’s Medusa. Based on a true story, “Intouchables” turns on a quadriplegic aristocrat whose life is turned upside down when he hires a young man from the projects to take care of him. Helmed by Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache, and produced by Quad Film, “Intouchables” toplines Francois Cluzet (“Little White Lies”) and up-and-comer Omar Sy, who starred in Toledano and Nakache’s previous film, “So Happy Together.” The $12.9 million pic has had a phenomenal run at the French box office, and has a shot at surpassing Dany Boon’s “Nothing to Declare” B.O. take. Gaget pointed out the film was also a hit in Switzerland and Belgium, where it was released by Frenetic and Victory, respectively.