Theater Admissions in France: 209.2 million admissions in 2017

Admissions (in million)

2017

2016

change 2017/2016 (%)

January

16.59

16.74

-0.9

February

24.94

26.01

-4.1

March

19.41

19.69

-1.4

April

19.35

18.33

+5.6

May

13.03

14.20

-8.2

June

11.68

11.93

-2.1

July

17.83

17.57

+1.5

August

16.21

15.51

+4.5

September

11.27

10.03

+12.3

October

17.93

21.31

-15.9

November

17.14

17.48

-1.9

December

23.83

24.28

-1.8

Total

209.22

213.07

-1.8

* Provisional data.
Source: CNC.

According to the last estimates made by the CNC, admissions in film theatres reached 23.83 millions in December 2017.
After a particularly high attendance in 2016, cinema admissions totalled 209.2 millions in 2017 (‑1.8%), reaching the third highest level of admissions in 50 years, and much higher than the ten‑year average (205 millions). For the fourth consecutive year, the number of admissions exceeds 200 millions. Theater attendance in France in 2017 remains the highest in Europe.

Market shares (%)

 

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017*

French films

45.5

36.9

35.9

41.0

40.5

33.8

44.5

35.5

35.8

37.4

American films

43.4

50.0

47.9

46.2

43.0

54.0

44.9

52.0

52.9

48.8

Other films

11.2

13.1

16.2

12.9

16.5

12.2

10.6

12.5

11.2

13.9

* Provisional data.
Source: CNC.

Increase in the attendance of French films
The attendance of French films has grown by 2.6% in 2017 to reach 78.19 millions. The market share of French films is 37.4% in 2017 (35.8% in 2016).

Decrease in admissions for American films
In 2017, attendance of American films has decreased by 8.6% to reach 102.04 millions. The market share of American films is 48.8% en 2017 (52.9% in 2016).

Strong increase in admissions for non-French and non-American films
Attendance of non-French and non-American films is up 15.1%, reaching 28.98 million admissions. Their market share is 13.9% in 2017 (11.2% in 2016).

 

In 2017, 14 films attained more than 3 million admissions

A particularly high number of films registered more than 3 million admissions in 2017, with 14 films over this threshold, the highest level since 2010. 52 films registered more than 1 million admissions  (53 films in 2016). The number of films over 500,000 admissions is one of the lowest in the decade with 88 films.

Films over:

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017*

5 million admissions

2

4

3

4

3

-

3

4

-

2

3 million admissions

10

10

17

9

12

8

11

13

13

14

2 million admissions

14

21

26

20

20

19

23

24

26

24

1 million admissions

46

50

51

53

54

55

57

44

53

52

500,000 admissions

95

100

95

111

96

93

92

97

106

88

* Provisional data.
Source: CNC.

17 French films over 1 million admissions

In 2017, 4 French films registered more than 3 million admissions: Raid dingue with 4.6 millions, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets with 4 millions, Alibi.com with 3,6 millions and C'est la vie! (Le sens de la fête) with 3 millions. There were only 2 films reaching this threshold in 2016. 17 French films gathered more than 1 million admissions (18 in 2016).

French films over:

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017*

5 million admissions

2

1

1

2

1

0

3

1

-

-

3 million admissions

2

3

5

2

4

1

4

3

2

4

2 million admissions

5

6

8

4

8

3

10

7

6

5

1 million admissions

17

18

19

21

22

17

20

14

18

17

500,000 admissions

39

39

34

38

37

31

31

39

44

34

* Provisional data.
Source: CNC.

18 American films registered more than 2 million admissions

In 2017, 2 American films reached more than 5 million admissions: Despicable Me 3 with 5.6 millions and Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi with 5.2 millions. 10 American films registered over 3 million admissions, as in 2016. 34 American films totalled more than 1 million admissions, the highest number since 2013, and 52 exceeded 500,000 admissions.

American films over:

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017*

5 million admissions

-

2

1

1

1

-

-

3

-

2

3 million admissions

7

6

10

5

5

6

6

9

10

10

2 million admissions

8

13

14

14

8

14

12

16

18

18

1 million admissions

26

28

26

28

27

34

33

28

31

34

500,000 admissions

49

49

48

61

48

54

53

48

55

52

* Provisional data.
Source: CNC.

Estimates of monthly admissions are reliable within a 5% margin, and accuracy increases with accumulated months. There is less accuracy in the calculation of market shares, which must be considered with caution.

Figures in red are estimations.

Paris, 2nd January 2018

National Center for Cinema 
Research and statistics Department