Cinema industry in France - statistics & facts

France is famous for being one of the cradles of cinema as we know it. The prestige associated with renowned award ceremonies such as the Cannes Film Festival, as well as with famous directors and actors, is spreading worldwide. It is no wonder that the cinema industry plays a major role in the French audiovisual and media industries.

The French themselves are big fans of the seventh art. Far from being an exclusive activity, cinema is part of daily life for many French people. In 2020, 52.4 percent of moviegoers were men and a quarter were aged 60 years or older. Saturdays and Sundays were the most popular time to go see a movie, as weekends are the perfect opportunity to spend time with family and friends.

Cinema attendance has increased slightly over the last ten years and box office revenues are also on the rise. The number of cinema screens is also a testament to this popular leisure activity in France, despite an increase in the average ticket price. Revenues have also been increasing as they first amounted to 1 billion euros in 2001 and exceeded 1.3 billion euros in 2018.

“Titanic” is still the king of the French box office and remains undisputed, closely followed by the 2008 box-office hit “Bienvenue chez les Ch’tis”, which remains the most successful French movie of all time. As for 2019, Disney’s “The Lion King” and “Avengers: Endgame” reigned over the French box office as the most successful movies of that year, proving the French audience’s taste for high-budget and action-packed productions.

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