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WB Top Distrib In Paris; UIP Drops To 2nd Place

Although nationwide boxoffice figures for 1990 still are being calculated, it is clear that Warner Bros. has knocked UIP off the top of the distribution heap for the Paris region.

Spurred by runaway success “Dead Poets Society” (Touchstone), which sold over 1.5 million tickets in the French capital, and with strong support from “Pretty Woman” (Touchstone) and “The Little Mermaid” (Disney), Warners’ distribution efforts moved over 6 million tickets, up from 4.3 million in 1989.

Despite a solid looking 44-pic slate, which included Paramount pics “Another 48 HRS.,” “The Hunt For Red October” and “Ghost,” UIP’s market share in Paris dipped from 22% in 1989 to 14.5% last year. Ticket sales for movies distributed by UIP dropped from 7 million in 1989 to 4.8 million in 1990.

Third place went to Gallic indie AMLF, which released 20 films and built its success around French films. The distrib started the 12 months in fine form with police pic “Ripoux Contre Ripoux” and comedy “Auntie Danielle” drawing huge crowds.

Although Gaumont distributed just 11 films, the French major walked away with the honor of best ticket sales per pic. Spear-headed by Luc Besson’s “Nikita” and the two Marcel Pagnol adaptations “My Father’s Glory” and “My Mother’s House,” Gaumont releases averaged 234,000 entries.

UGC management owes a great thanks to “Cyrano de Bergerac.” The Gerard Depardieu-starrer notched over 1 million tickets in Paris, over a third of the UGC slate’s 2.8 million tickets for the year.

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