U.S. films inch up in Gallic B.O.

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U.S. films fractionally increased their share of the Gallic box office in 2003, up 0.4% to 53%, according to figures released Tuesday.

American fare notched up 92.3 million admissions, above the 84.7 million average over the past decade.

French movies’ market share dipped 0.2% to 34.8%, the Centre National de la Cinematographie,France’s National Film Center said.

The total box office is estimated at 174.2 million admissions, down 5.6% on 2002.

June was the worst hit in terms of admissions, with ticket sales down 21%, while in November business was up more than 14%.

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