A decline of 20% compared to March and nearly 30% compared to May 2019.
According to a report prepared by the CNC and relayed by The French Movie, the tricolor rooms are struggling to regain their pre-health crisis level. When attendance isn’t boosted by huge hits like Doctor Strange 2 Where Top Gun 2she collapses!
While attendance at big screens had been rising steadily since January (rising from 10.65 million to 13.94 million tickets sold in April), it fell again in May 2022. According to CNC data, 11, Only 17 million admissions were recorded by French cinemas last month, a drop of 20%.
A dip in the curve, which worries operators, especially since the entries are still well below the scores before COVID-19. Indeed, May 2022 is nearly 30% behind May 2019 (15.5 million cumulative admissions). Worse still, attendance had not been so low in France in May since 2001 (10.7 million admissions).
If we take film by film, we see that the cinema is largely supported by the big blockbusters: Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2.8 million tickets over the period) and thereafter Top Gun: Maverick (1.5 million spectators in one week) support the activity alone, accumulating 4.3 million tickets and 38% of monthly attendance! Behind, on the third step of the podium, it is Fantastic Beasts 3 which is placed with 500,000 admissions in May.
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The first French film to show up in this ranking is the comedy What have we all done to God?, which shows 400,000 curious people in May, but only 2.3 million in total. French films are struggling to make money at the moment, like Cut! by Michel Hazanavicius, yet boosted by its Cannes preview, which barely manages to attract 170,000 spectators in two weeks.
In general, the year 2022 is for the moment complicated for exhibitors, since French theaters have totaled 62.09 million admissions since the start of the year, i.e. a fall of 33% compared to the period 2015-2019, when there were 92.74 million spectators, on average, between January and May.