Box office France: The 50 biggest hits of 2021

If 2020 was a year to forget, 2021 will not be remembered either. After the terrible last year, almost reduced to nothing due to a global pandemic, the French film industry tried to relaunch itself in 2021. Still disturbed by the upheavals of the health crisis and the changes in uses it has caused, the hexagonal box office of this year was however marked by the release of many films, partly inherited from the previous quasi-white year, and by some great successes. A sign of these still complicated times, however, no film passed the 4 million admissions mark, compared to 7 films in 2018 and 2019.

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As you might expect, this is the latest James Bond starring Daniel Craig, “Mourir Can Wait”, which climbs to the top of the French box office * including films released from January 1 to December 15. The adventures of 007 come close to 4.0 million spectators, but are far from the performances of “007 Specter” in 2015, 5.0 million admissions, and especially of “Skyfall” (2012) with 7 million admissions.

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“Dying can wait” nevertheless precedes by a good margin the second biggest success of the year in France: “Dune”, by Denis Villeneuve, with Timothée Chalamet and Rebecca Ferguson. Released only on December 15, “Spider-Man: No Way Home” already climbs to third place in the charts, after a thunderous first week in theaters. The film with Tom Holland, Tobey Maguire and Zendaya thus takes the best of “Kaamelott”, the first adaptation on the big screen of the short comedy program of Alexandre Astier on M6. Comedy thus offers itself the luxury of being the most viewed French film this year.

Behind, we find another French film: “Bac Nord”, by Cédric Jimenez with François Civil, Gilles Lellouche and Adèle Exarchopoulos. Passing the 2 million admissions mark, this feature film is thus stronger than “Fast & Furious 9”, the famous action saga led by Vin Diesel.

Five American films follow, from all genres. We find the horror film “Conjuring: In the grip of the Devil” in seventh position, ahead of the last Disney animated “Encanto”, then superhero films like “Black Widow” with Scarlett Johansson, ” The Eternals “and” Venom 2 “, worn by Tom Hardy.

“Aline”, “Black Box” and “Les Bodin’s” over a million admissions

Nicolas Bedos’ “OSS 117” with Jean Dujardin is only 12th, with 1.6 million admissions, doing less well than the first two opus of the saga directed by Michel Hazanavicius: 2.3 million for “Cairo , spy nest “in 2006, and 2.5 million for” Rio no longer responds … “in 2009. Released in December and posting for the moment 1.4 million admissions,” Les Tuche 4 “s announcement already less efficient than the third installment of Olivier Baroux’s comic franchise, called “Liberty, equality, fraternituche”, and its 5.7 million spectators in 2018.

Note on the French side, the beautiful course of “Bodin’s in Thailand”, which passes the milestone of one million admissions, just like “Aline” by Valérie Lemercier, and “The black box”, with Pierre Niney. “Lost Illusions” by Xavier Giannoli, with Benjamin Voisin, Vincent Lacoste and Cécile de France, fails at its threshold with 830,000 admissions, 26th.

The 50 biggest cinema successes in France in 2021

1. “Die can wait”: 3.98 million admissions
2. “Dune”: 3.16 million entries
3. “Spider-Man: No Way Home”: 2.87 million entries
4. “Kaamelott – First part”: 2.65 million admissions
5. “Bac Nord”: 2.22 million admissions
6. “Fast & Furious 9”: 2.03 million entries
7. “Conjuring: Under the influence of the devil”: 1.89 million entries
8. “Encanto: The Fantastic Madrigal Family”: 1.76 million admissions
9. “Black Widow” : 1,72 million d’entrées
10. “The Eternals”: 1.70 million admissions
11. “Venom: Let There Be Carnage”: 1.63 million admissions
12. “OSS 117: Red alert in black Africa”: 1.62 million admissions
13. “Eiffel”: 1.48 million admissions
14. “Paw Patrol – The movie: Paw Patrol”: 1.46 million admissions
15. “Cruella”: 1.45 million admissions
16. “Les Tuche 4”: 1.44 million admissions
17. “Les Bodins en Thailand”: 1.42 million admissions
18. “Shang-Chi: and the legend of the ten rings”: 1.41 million entries
19. “Aline”: 1.27 million admissions
20. “Black box”: 1.18 million entries
21. “The wolf and the lion”: 1.16 million admissions
22. “The Croods 2: A New Era”: 1.10 million admissions
23. “Baby Boss 2: A Family Affair”: 1.00 million admissions
24. “The Addams Family 2: A Trip to Hell”: 927,199 entries
25. “Peter Rabbit 2”: 886,316 entries
26. “Lost Illusions”: 830,050 entries
27. “Jungle Cruise”: 826,048 entries
28. “Demon Slayer – Kimetsu No Yaiba – The movie: The infinity train”: 727,889 admissions
29. “The Suicide Squad” : 714.782 entrées
30. “House of Gucci”: 673,729 admissions
31. “Without a noise 2”: 646,817 entries
32. “Ron unblocks”: 628.502 entries
33. “Nomadland”: 598,857 entries
34. “Free Guy”: 598,253 entries
35. “Tom & Jerry”: 595,039 entries
36. “The Father”: 586,834 entries
37. “The treasure of little Nicolas”: 519,512 entries
38. “Ghostbusters: The Legacy”: 517.501 entries
39. “The meaning of family”: 480,129 entries
40. “Pil”: 456,470 entries
41. “Parallel Mothers”: 454.201 entrées
42. “The French Dispatch” : 452.884 entrées
43. “Operation Portugal”: 452,143 entries
44. “An angry man”: 448,116 entries
45. “Spoiled rotten”: 442,901 entries
46. ​​”American Nightmare 5: Unlimited”: 435,238 entries
47. “Presidents”: 431,129 entries
48. “Clifford”: 428,675 entries
49. “Les bouchetrous”: 427,880 admissions
50. “Space Jam: New Era”: 419,626 entries

*CBO Box-office figures