Avatar 2, Top Gun 2… Which films were the most successful at the French box office in 2022?

Here is the Top 5 films with the most box office entries in France in 2022! Avatar The Way of the Water narrowly passed Top Gun Maverick, so far number 1 of the year.

On December 31, 2022, the game is over! Avatar La Voie de l’eau managed, in 15 days, to win ahead of Top Gun Maverick, champion of the year at the French box office for 6 months, before the wave Avatar 2 won! Discover the 5 films that generated the most admissions this year*.

7,468,558 admissions in 16 days! This is the number of admissions achieved by Avatar La Voie de l’eau, in France. The film directed by James Cameron therefore exceeds the one that had occupied the number 1 spot of the year for several months already: Top Gun Maverick and its 6,676,052 admissions! It also beats 2021’s No. 1 Spider-Man No Way Home, which totaled 7,337,229 admissions.

Since its release, Avatar 2 has had an exemplary run, even managing to make more admissions in the 2nd week than in the first. With the period of school holidays and end-of-year celebrations, cinemas are currently full of spectators.

Remember that Avatar The Waterway also crossed the symbolic milestone of one billion at the global box office earlier this week. It is the third film to reach this milestone in 2022 after Top Gun: Maverick and Jurassic World: The World After.

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If we can speak of a veritable wave of Avatar 2 at the end of the year, Top Gun Maverick was not unworthy! Tom Cruise and his fighter planes occupied the first place of the Top of 2022 for 6 months, totaling just over 6.6 million admissions to date!

After a prestigious launch at the Cannes Film Festival, and a successful release on May 25, 2022, Top Gun Maverick marked Tom Cruise’s return to the top and allowed him to achieve his greatest success in France.

As a reminder, after the success of Top Gun Maverick, currently back in cinemas and available on myCANAL, Tom Cruise will return to cinemas from July 12, 2023 in Mission Impossible Dead Reckoning.

Tom Cruise celebrates the success of Top Gun: Maverick with a free fall jump


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On the 3rd step of the podium, the only animated film of the Top: the Minions sequel. The film recorded 3,874,478 admissions. A score which nevertheless remains quite far from the success of the first opus, released in July 2015: 6,588,715 admissions.

As the 1970s were in full swing, Gru, who grew up in the suburbs surrounded by bell-bottom jeans and flowery hair, hatched a machiavellian plan to succeed in joining a famous group of super villains, known as the name of Vicious 6, of which he is the biggest fan.

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What score for the 3rd part of the Jurassic World saga, taking over from the Jurassic Park franchise? Jurassic World The World after almost manages to match the results of the 2nd part: 3,480,898 entries Vs 3,653,284 entries for part number 2, released in 2018, before the pandemic therefore. The biggest success remains the first: 5,204,879 admissions in June 2015.

The pitch: Four years after the destruction of Isla Nublar. Dinosaurs are now part of the daily life of all humanity. A delicate balance that will challenge the dominance of the human species now that it must share its space with the most ferocious creatures history has ever known.

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In 5th place, we find the 4th feature film by Ryan Coogler, the sequel to Black Panther. The film recorded 3,419,661 admissions, and almost equaled the score of the first part, released in February 2018: 3,708,125 admissions.

Thanks to the end-of-year school holidays which boost theater attendance, this sequel could catch up with the 1st opus by the end of January 2023.

Black Panther Wakanda Forever just overtakes Doctor Strange 2, which was still in the Top 5 of the biggest hits of the year not long ago. Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness has a total of 3,390,574 admissions as of December 28, 2022.

Note that no French film is in the Top 10 this year. If we expand to the Top 20, there are 3 French films: What have we all done to God, November and Simone, the journey of the century.

*source: CBO Box Office



Avatar 2, Top Gun 2… Which films were the most successful at the French box office in 2022?