‘Oceans’ tops French films abroad

Gallic pics' total international B.O. drops 6%

French pics sustained a 6% slide to $440 million in international B.O. grosses last year despite hits like doc “Oceans.”

Gallic movie admissions abroad in 2010 were 57.2 million, down 18% from 2009’s 67.2 million, according to French film export org Unifrance. “Oceans,” directed by Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud, and produced and sold abroad by Pathe, took E45.1 million ($60.3 million) outside Gaul.

Though Roman Polanski’s “The Ghost Writer” made $51.3 million and the EuropaCorp-produced “From Paris With Love,” with John Travolta, took $47.6 million, the year lacked a locomotive like the $145 million Stateside trawl of “Taken” in 2009.

The year itself saw a 22% drop in tickets sold abroad for French movies vs. 2008’s 84.2 million, which was the best year since Unifrance began tallying results in 1990.Top overseas performers in 2010 included “The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec” ($20.3 million), “Splice” ($25 million) and “The Concert” ($17 million).

Top 2010 overseas territory for French pics was again the U.S. (13.1 million tickets). Western Europe accounted for 39% of admissions vs. the U.S.’ 28%. BRIC countries grew in importance: “Blanc-Sec” scored 1.8 million Chinese admissions, a French-film record; “Little Nicholas,” 150,000 in Brazil; and “22 Bullets,” 450,000 in Russia.