France, Europe’s Largest Cinema Market, Drops 70% in 2020

Cinema admissions in France, Europe’s biggest movie market, plunged 70% in 2020, compared with 2019, decimated by Covid-19, which saw French cinemas shutter for 176 days this year, France’s National Film Board (Cnc) announced on Wednesday.Total ticket sales came in at 65.1 million, according to the Cnc, 65.2 million according to Comscore, which valued that trawl at €450 million ($549 million) in gross box office.

Given that France saw 213 million admissions and total box office earnings of $1.62 billion in 2019, according to European Audiovisual Observatory estimates, 2020 results saw the market lose more than $1 billion in cinema ticket sales.In such straightened circumstances, U.S.

movies monopolized France’s Top 5, with best scores being punched by Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet” (2.3 million admissions), “1917” (2.2 million) and “Sonic the Hedgehog” (2.1 million).

No French film made the Top 5 – unusual for France, which boasts the strongest local industry of any major market in Europe.In contrast, however, French films’ market soared from June 22 to Oct.

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