Audience of arthouse vs mainstream films in movie theaters in France 2010-2017

This statistic compares the audience of mainstream and arthouse movies in cinemas in France from 2010 to 2017. It reveals that 40 million cinema tickets for arthouse movies were sold in 2017, whereas mainstream films generated nearly 166 million movie theater admissions this same year.

Admissions to arthouse and mainstream movies in cinemas in France from 2010 to 2017

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Release date

June 2019



Survey time period

2010 to 2017

Supplementary notes

* "Film d'art et d'essai" is the original term used by the source. For the sake of clarity, it has been replaced by the term "arthouse movie" in this statistic. In order to be labeled as "art et essai', a movie has to fulfil the following requirements:
- Although the movie did not get the audience it deserves, it possesses undeniable qualities.
-"Research and Discovery" work, i.e. films which possess novelty and research characters in the cinematic field.
- Films which reflect the life in a country of which movies are not much screened in France.
- Rework which presents an artistic or historical interest and can be thus considered as a classic movie.
- Short film which tend to renew the cinematographic art.
- Recent films which generated enthusiasm among the critics and the public, and which are considered as beneficial to the cinematographic art.
- Exceptionnal amateur cinematographic works.

In this statistic, "mainstream films" are films which are not labeled as "art et essai".

Scope: Admissions to feature films, short movies or projected artistic performances running in French theaters between 2010 and 2013.
This statistic does not include admissions to film clubs, film libraries or movie festivals.

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