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Representing the world’s fifth-largest theatrical market, total French box office fell 5.3% to €1.2 million ($1.6 billion) off 192.79 million tickets sold in 2013, according to a report unveiled by the Cnc (National Film Board) on Friday.

Powered by Universal’s “Despicable Me 2″ (pictured above), Disney’s “Iron Man 3,” Sony’s “Django Unchained” and Warner Bros.’ “Gravity,” Hollywood fare heavily dominated the Gallic box office with a 54% market share — a big leap from last year’s 42.7%  — luring 103.8 million moviegoers, and punching some $150 million more in gross box office vs. 2012. U.S. market share was the biggest in a decade.

While Gaul still enjoys a healthy local film industry, the share of French pics nosedived to 33.3% (from 40.3% in 2012) due to the lack of a homegrown comedy blockbuster scoring north of $40 million. Given the importance of local fare for cinema theater attendance in France, even a far better year for Hollywood in France wasn »


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