Gaul box office down 10% in 2005

First half of the year saw the worst decline

Gallic box office dropped 10% in 2005, the French National Federation of Cinemas (FNCF), confirmed Thursday.

Admissions were down to 176 million.

The first half of the year saw the worst decline, with ticket sales slumping 15%. The second half saw a less steep 5% downturn. FNCF, which reps exhibitors, blamed an array of factors, from the shortage of mega-performing blockbusters to unusually good fall weather keeping auds out of theaters.

Top-grossing film was “Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith” followed by “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” and French laffer  “Brice de Nice.”

Tellingly, “Brice” notched up half the admissions achieved by 2004’s box office topper, “Les Choristes.” 

“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” was fourth and “War of the Worlds” was fifth.

Seven of the year’s box office top 10 were U.S. films with only two other French films making it onto the list: 9th placed  “Russian Dolls,” the sequel to sleeper hit “Auberge Espagnole,” and 10th placed slapstick comedy “Iznogoud.”

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