1.5 million spectators have already made the trip to France. (Source: French Film)
As expected, Top Gun: Maverick start strong. The sequel to Tony Scott’s 1986 action film was a hit in the United States this weekend (offering Tom Cruise the best start of his career, and by far!), as well as in France. It easily takes the lead in the weekly ranking here, but also that of the starts of the year, thanks to 1,529,608 tickets sold in 790 cinemas in France. For the star, it is also a record, since his best debut so far with us was that of Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation, seen by 1.2 million curious people in August 2015, then 2.7 million in all (note that fallout had started less well three years later, but ended its run beyond 3 million admissions).
A big score, which therefore eclipses Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness of the throne (it had started at 1,438,287 admissions when it was released in early May). On display for a month, Marvel’s latest blockbuster still attracted a curious 2.7 million to French theaters, including 340,813 this week. A third film is beyond 100,000 tickets sold: the novelty Men on the verge of a nervous breakdown, by Audrey Dana, completes the podium thanks to exactly 102,659 tickets, counting its previews. Then it’s the fall, as in previous rankings. The rest of the top 10 is below this symbolic bar. The Crimes of the Futureby David Cronenberg, released on the day of its screening at the 75th Cannes Film Festival, for example, started in 9th position with only 52,886 tickets sold for 281 screens.
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The French box office has recorded a significant drop in attendance for several months, and this worries professionals in the business. The CNC has also commissioned a study to find out why the French went to the cinema less often. We see here that despite a stable mean (Doctor Strange 2 loses only 9% of its audience compared to last week, the animated film The Bad Guys wins, but closes this ranking with less than 50,000 tickets despite its 395 theaters), the French took little advantage of the extended Ascension weekend to go to the cinema… except to see the three films on the podium , so.
The French weekly ranking from May 25 to 31, 2022: