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THE INTOUCHABLES: Biggest French-Language Blockbuster International

The Intouchables Francois Cluzet Omar SyThe Intouchables is France's biggest French-language blockbuster worldwide

The Intouchables is now officially the most successful French-made, French-language movie ever at the international box office, reports AlloCine. "International" as in, outside of France. (Image: The Intouchables Omar Sy, François Cluzet.)

According to Unifrance, Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano's brotherhood-of-men comedy starring François Cluzet and Best Actor César winner Omar Sy has sold 23.1 million tickets in more than 50 countries, thus breaking the 10-year-old record of the Audrey Tautou vehicle Amelie / Le Fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain. In the coming months, there's a good chance The Intouchables will pass the 25 million tickets-sold milestone, as the film has yet to open in the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand.

The Intouchables box office figures

To date, The Intouchables has grossed a whopping $364.13 million at the worldwide box office – $166.12 million in France alone – according to figures found at Box Office Mojo. In Germany, it's the biggest 2012 box office hit, with $74.62 million. Other top territories (with various "up until" dates) are Spain with $19.91 million, Italy with $18.16 million, South Korea with $11.09 million, the United States with $8.54 million, and Belgium with $8.46 million.

If non-French-language movies are added to the mix, the top French-made productions at the international box office – chiefly thanks to the United States – remain Luc Besson's The Fifth Element, featuring Bruce Willis, and Pierre Morel's Taken, with Liam Neeson. The former sold 35 million tickets; the latter sold 31 million.

Note that in France (and a number of other countries), box office success is tallied according to tickets sold – not box office grosses. And that's how it should be, so as to avoid distortions caused by inflation and/or special surcharges that are a staple of American box office reports.

The Intouchables Omar Sy, François Cluzet photo: The Weinstein Company.

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