Theater Admissions in France: 212.71 million admissions in 2016

 

Admissions (in million)

2016

2015

change 2016/2015 (%)

January

16.72

16.78

-0.4

February

25.99

22.55

+15.3

March

19.73

17.54

+12.5

April

18.31

17.97

+1.9

May

14.20

14.29

-0.7

June

11.92

12.19

-2.2

July

17.67

18.25

-3.2

August

15.54

15.23

+2.0

September

10.07

9.48

+6.2

October

21.20

19.54

+8.5

November

17.41

17.32

+0.5

December

23.97

24.20

-0.9

Total

212.71

205.34

+3.6

* Provisional data.
Source: CNC.

According to the last estimates made by the CNC, admissions in film theatres reached 23.97 millions in December 2016. On three different occasions in 2016, historically high levels of admissions have been reached: in February (25.99 million admissions), October (21.20 millions) and December.

In 2016, cinema admissions totalled 212.71 millions, up 3.6%, reaching the second highest level of admissions in 50 years (217.19 millions in 2011). For the third consecutive year, the number of admissions exceeds 200 millions. Theater attendance in France in 2016 remains the highest in Europe.

Market shares (%)

 

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016*

French films

36.5

45.5

36.9

35.9

41.0

40.5

33.8

44.5

35.5

35.3

American films

49.3

43.4

50.0

47.9

46.2

43.0

54.0

44.9

52.0

52.6

Other films

14.2

11.2

13.1

16.2

12.9

16.5

12.2

10.6

12.5

12.1

* Provisional data.
Source: CNC.

Increase in the attendance of French films
The attendance of French films has grown by 3.1% to reach 75.17 million admissions in 2016. The market share of French films is 35.3% in 2016 (35.5% in 2015).

Strong increase in admissions for American films 
In 2016, American films registered 111.80 million admissions, up 5.5% compared with 2015. This is the highest level since 1958 (112.90 millions). The market share of American films is 52.6% in 2016 (52.0% in 2015).
Non-French and non-American films gathered 12.1% of total admissions in 2016 (12.5% in 2015). Their admissions decreased by 2.7% to 25.74 milllions.

In 2016, 25 films attracted more than 2 million admissions

A particularly high number of films registered more than 2 million admissions in 2016, with 25 films over this threshold. 51 films totalled more that 1 million admissions (44 films in 2015). The number of films over 500,000 admissions is one of the highest in the decade with 103 films. No film has exceeded the 5-million admission mark.

Films over:

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016*

5 million admissions

6

2

4

3

4

3

-

3

4

0

3 million admissions

8

10

10

17

9

12

8

11

13

12

2 million admissions

14

14

21

26

20

20

19

23

24

25

1 million admissions

40

46

50

51

53

54

55

57

44

51

500,000 admissions

77

95

100

95

111

96

93

92

97

103

* Provisional data.
Source: CNC.

18 French films over 1 million admissions

Many French films were successful in 2016 : 18 French films registered more than 1 million admissions (14 in 2015), and 41 films gathered more than 500,000 admissions, the highest number in the decade.

French films over:

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016*

5 million admissions

1

2

1

1

2

1

-

3

1

0

3 million admissions

2

2

3

5

2

4

1

4

3

2

2 million admissions

4

5

6

8

4

8

3

10

7

6

1 million admissions

12

17

18

19

21

22

17

20

14

18

500,000 admissions

31

39

39

34

38

37

31

31

36

41

* Provisional data.
Source : CNC.

19 American films registered more than 2 million admissions

In 2016, no American film has reached more than 5 million admissions. 10 American films registered over 3 million admissions, as in 2015. 19 American films totalled more than 2 million admissions, the highest number since 2007, and 59 exceeded 500,000 admissions.

American films over:

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016*

5 million admissions

4

 

2

1

1

1

-

-

3

0

3 million admissions

5

7

6

10

5

5

6

6

10

10

2 million admissions

8

8

13

14

14

8

14

12

16

19

1 million admissions

22

26

28

26

28

27

34

33

28

32

500,000 admissions

38

49

49

48

61

48

54

53

48

59

* 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, 30th December 2016

National Center for Cinema
Research and statistics Department