French box office of February 15: Superhero despite himself is a millionaire

Philippe Lacheau’s comedy stands up to Mort sur le Nil, Moonfall and Les Vedettes. (Source: French Film)

Four newcomers enter the rankings this week, but none manage to dislodge Despite himself superheroes of the first place. Death on the Nile, moonfall, The stars and State Scandal Investigation are respectively in 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 10th place, attracting between 336,000 and 95,000 spectators in dark rooms. The comedy of Fifi’s gang is therefore still enthroned thanks to 482 admissions recorded in 688 cinemas (i.e. the largest distribution of the moment ahead of those of Valiant, Moonfall and Almost, all over 600 rooms). This allows it to cross the bar of one million tickets in two weeks. At the same time, another superhero movie breaks a record: Spider-Man: No Way Homewhich fell to 6th place in the ninth week, crossed the total of 7 million admissions, thus beating the record ofAvengers: Endgame in this domain. Jon Watts’ blockbuster starring Tom Holland and Zendaya therefore officially represents the biggest success of a superhero film in France.

Death on the Nile: happier than the Orient-Express [critique]

The sequel to the adventures of Hercule Poirot does a little less well than Kenneth Branagh’s previous adaptation, The crime of the Orient Express (2017), which had been seen by 351,400 viewers in the first week, then 1.4 million. Ditto for the new disaster film by Roland Emmerich, below the 238,069 tickets of Midway at the start in 2019 (and just under 500,000 in all), as well as for the second Palmashow comedy: it started at 179,006 admissions against 438,714 for The Crazy Story of Max and Leonwhich ultimately attracted 1.2 million viewers in 2016.

On the other hand, continuities hold up well, especially family films that take advantage of school holidays: animated films Valiant and All on stage 2 gain respectively 9% and 45% in attendance! It remains to be seen whether the gradual lifting of restrictions linked to the Covid-19 epidemic will attract even more audiences to cinemas in the coming weeks: sweets and drinks are again authorized in cinemas since today, and the wearing of masks will no longer be compulsory from February 28, the rooms being subject to the vaccination pass.

French weekly box office from February 9 to 15, 2022:

French box office of February 15: Superhero despite himself is a millionaire
The French Film/ComScore

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