Theater Admissions in France in 2012

 
Admissions (in million)
2012
2011
Change 2012/2011 (%)
January
16.15
14.63
+10,4
February
17.57
21.66
-18,9
March
16.43
17.02
-3,5
April
20.90
13.79
+51,6
May
16.23
15.72
+3,3
June
14.57
14.57
+0,0
July
16.89
20.09
-16,0
August
14.11
17.39
-18,8
September
11.10
11.32
-2,0
October
17.92
19.04
-5,9
November
22.98
26.54
-13,4
December
19.40
25.29
-23,3
Year
204.26
217.06
-5,9
Figures in red are estimations.
Source : CNC.
 
According to the last estimates made by the CNC, admissions in theaters reached 19.4 million in December 2012, down from 25.3 million in December 2011 (-23.3%). After an exceptional year in 2011, admissions totalled 204.26 million in 2012. This result remains higher than the ten-year average of 193.2 million.
 

Market shares (%)

 
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
French films
34,9
38,4
36,6
44,6
36,5
45,4
36,8
35,7
40,9
40,2
American films
52,2
47,8
45,8
44,2
49,1
43,3
49,7
47,6
45,8
45,3
Other films
13,0
13,8
17,6
11,2
14,4
11,3
13,5
16,7
13,2
14,5
Figures in red are estimations.
Source : CNC.
 

The market share for French films reached more than 40% in 2012

In 2012, the market share for French films remains high with 40.2% (40.9% in 2011). In 2012, admissions for French films accounted for 82,03 million admissions, i.e. a decrease of 7.7% compared to 2011. This result is higher than the ten-year average (75.43 milllion).
 

Decrease in admissions for American films

In 2012, American films gathered 92.54 million admissions, i.e. a decrease of 7.0% year-on-year, and above the ten-year average of 90.78 million. The market share for American films reached 45.3% in 2012 against 45.8% in 2011.
Other films accounted for 14.5% of the market in 2012, against 13.2% in 2011. Admissions rose by 3.3% to 29.68 million above the ten-year average of 26.85 million.
 

Three-quarter of cinema screens are offering digital projections

Full conversion to digital by French cinema screens will be achieved in 2013.  At the end of 2012, more than 4 800 screens were digital (more than 88% of total screens). More than 1 500 cinemas were equipped in the digital format with at least one digital projection equipment (more than 76% of total cinemas).

In 2012, the release of films in 3D was stable. 42 films were released (in 2D and 3D) against 43 films in 2011, 23 in 2010, 16 in 2009. Films in 3D accounted for 48 million admissions (25 % of total admissions).
 

12 films registered more than three million admissions

In 2012, the number of films registering more than three million admissions is increasing to become the second highest-level in ten years. 12 films registered more than three million admissions. 18 films achieved more than two million admissions in 2012. As in 2011, 52 films attracted more than one million admissions, the highest number in ten years. 90 films totalled over 500 000 admissions.

Films over :
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
3 million admissions
11
9
7
10
8
10
10
16
9
12
2 million admissions
16
21
18
18
14
14
21
26
20
18
1 million admissions
47
51
46
43
40
45
53
51
52
52
500 000 admissions
82
94
89
96
77
95
101
94
105
90
Figures in red are estimations.
Source : CNC.
 

20 French films registered more than one million admissions

In 2012, a high number of French films attracted a wider audience. Four French movies registered more than three million admissions in 2012 (2 in 2011). 7 French films reached two million admissions in 2012 against 4 in 2011. 33 French films registered more than 500 000 admissions against 35 in 2011.

 
French films over :
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
3 million admissions
3
4
1
7
2
2
3
5
2
4
2 million admissions
3
7
4
9
4
5
6
8
4
7
1 million admissions
19
17
17
18
12
17
18
19
20
20
500 000 admissions
32
34
39
39
31
39
39
34
35
33
Figures in red are estimations.
Source : CNC.
 

Eight American films registered more than three million admissions

In 2012, eight American films reached more than three million admissions (5 in 2011). The number of American films over two million admissions decreased to 11 films. The number of films that drew more than 500 000 admissions also decreased (51 in 2012 against 59 in 2011). American films over one million admissions increased (32 in 2012, 28 in 2011).
 
American films over:
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
3 million admissions
7
4
4
3
5
7
6
9
5
8
2 million admissions
11
11
11
7
8
8
13
14
14
11
1 million admissions
25
30
21
23
22
26
29
26
28
32
500 000 admissions
40
48
41
49
38
50
50
48
59
51
Source : CNC.
Figures in red are estimations
 
 
Paris, 03rd January 2012
Centre national de la cinématographie et de l’image animée

Direction des Etudes, des Statistiques et de la Prospective