success or flop for Amy Winehouse’s film in France? The box office!

success or flop for Amy Winehouse’s film in France? The box office!
success or flop for Amy Winehouse’s film in France? The box office!
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“Rehab”, “Tears Dry On My Own”, “Stronger Than Me”… All these solid gold hits are currently resounding in “Back to Black”, the biopic event on the life of Amy Winehouse. Directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson, the film focuses on the tumultuous love story between the legendary English singer and Blake Fielder-Civil, respectively played by Marisa Abela and Jack O’Connell, and how it inspired the legendary album “Back to Black”, sold more than 16 million copies since its release in 2006. Landed in French theaters a week ago, the film received very mixed reviews pointing out the lack of sequences on musical creation and a rather complacent point of view on Mitch, Amy Winehouse’s father who co-produced the biopic, as well as on her ex Blake. To the latter’s great surprise: “ It was almost therapeutic. (…) The problem is that the story that is told [depuis des années]I learned very quickly that [l’équipe du film] wasn’t interested in telling this “.

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Amy Winehouse, stronger than Elton John!

This spring’s cinematic event, is “Back to Black” a success in theaters? The box office numbers have just come in. After having gathered 49,000 spectators in 24 hours then 282,000 moviegoers at the end of its first weekend, the film dedicated to Amy Winehouse very precisely totals 367,818 entries in one week In France ! All without a preview. In detail, he observes an average of 31 spectators per session. The biopic took first place at the box office of the week, ahead of the other highly anticipated Hollywood novelty: “Challengers” with Zendaya, Mike Faist and Josh O’Connor, which brought together 185,000 spectators. For “Back to Black”, this is a rather convincing score even if it does not repeat the surprise feat of “Bob Marley: One Love” which, last February, had totaled 772,000 admissions in one week . The film about the reggae icon has just surpassed the milestone of 2 million tickets sold in France.

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Compared to recent successful musical biopics, “Back to Black” is well below the performance of “Bohemian Rhapsody” (one million admissions), but closer to the score of “Elvis” and “Rocketman”. Feature films devoted to the careers of Elvis Presley and Elton John attracted 343,000 and 277,000 French people respectively for their first week of operation. According to the latest estimates, “Back To Black” has already generated $21 million in revenue worldwide in just a few days. France is the second largest film market after the United Kingdom.

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