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‘The Queen’s Corgi’ Enjoys Banner Opening at French Box Office

“The Queen’s Corgi,” the 3D animated adventure tale directed by Ben Stassen and Vincent Kesteloot, had a banner opening in France on Wednesday, scoring the country’s best first-day haul for an independent European animated film.

Written by Rob Sprackling and Johnny Smith, the pair behind “Gnomeo and Juliet,” “The Queen’s Corgi” grossed approximately €304,000 euros from 44,701 tickets on Wednesday in France. It’s this year’s fifth-highest opening day for a non-U.S. film so far in France, after “Serial (Bad) Weddings 2,” “Dragon Ball Super: Broly,” “City Hunter” and “Tanguy 2,” all of which are franchise-based pics.

Charades is representing the film in international markets. Apollo, the company launched by former Gaumont and Studiocanal exec Francois Clerc, is handling French distribution in association with TF1 Studio, and is giving the movie a wide release in France across 511 screens.

“The Queen’s Corgi” follows the adventures of Rex, the British monarch’s most beloved dog, who loses track of his mistress and stumbles across a fight club with dogs of all kinds confronting each other. During his epic journey to find the queen again, Rex falls in love and discovers his true self.

“‘The Queen’s Corgi” is the first animated film distributed by Apollo Films…and we aim at releasing more animated films skewing toward families and based on strong IPs,” said Clerc, adding that he expects the Easter holiday period, which lasts until May 5, to bolster the film’s box office haul over the next few weeks.

The box office performance of “The Queen’s Corgi” surpassed “Minuscule 2,” and “The Lego Movie 2,” and ranked on par with Gaumont’s 2016 feature “Leap,” which ended up grossing more than $12 million from a total of 1.8 million admissions in France. “The Queen’s Corgi” also scored the best opening for a film produced by nWave, which also produced hits “The Son of Bigfoot” and “Sammy.”

“The Queen’s Corgi” has now opened in several countries including in The Netherlands, where the movie has already grossed more than $4.5 million and had a bigger bow than “Dragons 3” and “The Lego Movie 2,” as well as all other films produced by nWave.

Budgeted in the $20 million range and positioned as one of the most ambitious animated features slated for this year from Continental Europe, “The Queen’s Corgi” is set to continue its rollout around the world, where it will be released by major distributors, including Lionsgate U.K. The company’s teaser (see above) for the film proved to be Lionsgate’s top-performing teaser of the year in Britain. Lionsgate is now planning a July release. “The Queen’s Corgi” will come out in Germany, Brazil and Australia over the next three months.

The movie was produced by Stassen’s Brussels-based studio nWave which was recently acquired Matthieu Zeller’s production group MZM, as well as the distribution group Belga Films, tax-shelter arm Belga Films Fund Holding and regional fund Wallimage Entreprises.

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