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According to French film promotion organization Unifrance, 2023 was the biggest year for French cinema exports since the pandemic, lead by Jeremy Zag’s Miraculous: Ladybug & Cat Noir, The Movie.

Unifrance’s report indicates that French films sold 37.4 million admissions abroad in 2023, generating 234 million euros ($255 million) in box-office revenues. That represented a 38.5% increase from the previous year, although those totals were still below pre-Covid levels. In 2019, French films drew 45.9 million admissions.

Miraculous: Ladybug & Cat Noir, The Movie was the biggest French export in 2023, and by a huge margin. The film sold 7.15 million tickets abroad and grossed 31.8 million euros ($34.6 million) from 26 territories. Not bad for a film that was a Netflix streaming exclusive in the U.S. The next closest film on France’s export list was Asterix & Obelix: The Middle Kingdom, which sold 2.74 million tickets and grossed 12.2 million euros ($13.3 million).

French Exports 2023

Two other animated features finished in France’s top 10 export list: David Alaux, Eric Tosti, and Jean-François Tosti’s Epic Tales was third with 1.76 million admissions for 10.4 million euros ($11.3 million), and Laurent Bru, Yannick Moulin, and Benoît Somville’s The Jungle Bunch 2: World Tour finished 10th, selling 460,000 tickets for a 2.33 million euro ($2.5 million) international gross.

One significant contributing factor to the offshore success of French exports was a lack of U.S. competition in Russia, which was the leading international market for French films in 2023. French films sold more than 7 million admissions in Russia, grossing over 21.7 million Euros ($22.6 million).

The top five territories for French film exports were:

  1. Russia – 7.09 million admissions, 21.7 million euros ($22.6 million)
  2. Germany – 4.21 million admissions, 34.4 million euros ($37.5 million)
  3. Poland – 3.25 million admissions, 13.4 million euros ($14.6 million)
  4. Italy – 2.72 million admissions, 15.4 million euros ($16.8 million)
  5. Spain – 1.8 million admissions, 10.8 million euros ($11.8 million)

It was a good year for French titles on SVOD platforms as well. According to Ampere Analysis, in July of 2023, 4.6% of films and stand-alone productions on global SVOD platforms in July of last year were majority financed with French funds. More than 5,000 French titles appeared on streaming platforms internationally.

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