Les Profs dominated the weekend in France with a $6.4 million opening, beating out six other new releases and strong hold-overs from The Croods and Oblivion. The French film's $12,282 per-screen average was the highest of the weekend by a considerable margin. Fellow domestic release, Les Gamins, grossed $2.9 million to beat Oblivion's $2.3 million second week take.
Wong Kar-wai's The Grandmaster premiered in sixth place with $1.1 million. The auteur's latest is his first foray into martial arts and a scaled international release will bring attention to the film's global potential. The Grandmaster has already grossed $45.2 million in China alone. Parker, the latest Jason Statham vehicle, and Gus Van Sant's Promised Land, the Participant film starring John Krasinski and Matt Damon, both grossed under $1 million on their opening weekend. The films faced strong competition with a slew of domestic and foreign new releases, as well as the hold-over strength of The Croods and Oblivion. All eyes will be on how Les Profs and Les Gamins hold in upcoming weeks with more premiere titles on the slate.
Box Office Results for France. April 19-21, 2013.