Jeanne du Barry — starring Johnny Depp — took a triumphant arc at the box office in France timed to its world premiere at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival.
The period drama racked up 401,481 admissions in its first week of play, the stylish caching in a decade for a Cannes opening- night film, according to French distributor Le Pacte. The last movie to do further when sailing into French playhouses contemporaneous to its Cannes stop was Baz Luhrmann’s 2013 point The Great Gatsby, starring Leonardo DiCaprio( 760,438 admissions).
The Great Gatsby, of course, was a major Hollywood plant film.
Further times than not, Cannes principal Thierry Frémaux selects an independent title to open the fabled jubilee. It’s also common for a French- language film, similar as Jeanne du Barry, to admit the coveted spot.( It’s tradition for the opening- night film to unfurl in French playhouses that same night.)
From French multihyphenate Maïwenn, Jeanne du Barry stars Depp as King Louis XV, while Maïwenn plays the nominal character in addition to directing.
Cannes marked Depp’s first major appearance after times of legal wrangling and a tumultuous divorce withex-wife Amber Heard, one that included allegations of domestic violence and two high- profile vilification suits( the ultimate was settled in Depp’s favor, with Heard ordered to pay$ 10 million).
To date, no deal has been blazoned for aU.S. distributor to release Jeanne du Barry in theU.S. The film has drawn mixed reviews from numerous critics, while it is n’t clear whether a specialty division possessed by a major plant would go into business again with Depp.
Maïwenn, a Cannes jury prize winner for her 2011 drama Polisse and an open critic of the#MeToo movement, faced her own share of contestation of late after allegations surfaced that she seized the head of intelligencer Edwy Plenel and spear on him while he was dining at a Paris eatery. Plenel published an disquisition regarding sexual abuse allegations against filmmaker Luc Besson, who happens to be Maïwenn’sex-husband.
Other French- language flicks that have opened Cannes in recent times include 2017’s Ismael’s Ghosts( Les Fantômes d’Ismaël), which drew 173,994 admissions in its box office debut, and 2015’s Standing Tall( La Tête haute), which drew 250,271 admissions.
Nicole Kidman’s Grace of Monaco( 2014), which is in English and in French, brought in 152,404 admissions at the French box office in its debut while opening Cannes.