After its second week in cinema theatres, Astérix: Le Secret de la Potion Magique (Asterix: The Secret of the Magic Potion) remains at the top of the French box office overtaking the American animated film The Grinch. In its first week, Astérix: Le Secret de la Potion Magique reached more than 900 thousand entries its first week with a little over €6 Million (the equivalent of $6,863,693). The entries diminished the second week to 600 thousand but still overtook The Grinch, Mortal Engines and Spiderman: Into The Spider-Verse. The film has a total of more than 1.5 million entries in two weeks, with a little over €10 million gross to date.
The Astérix series is a much-loved comic strip in France, created by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo. Whole generations in France have grown up following the adventures of Astérix and the small village of Gauls who resist the Roman occupation with the aid of the magic potion. The first animated film adaptation, Astérix le Gaulois (Asterix The Gaul), was made in 1967. 1999 saw the release of a film starring Gérard Depardieu as Obélix and Christian Clavier as Astérix. In total, fourteen films have been made on the adventures of Asterix.
In this new film, the druid Panoramix falls from a tree. Being the only one in the village who detains the secret of the magic potion, Panoramix decides that the future of the village should be protected. With the help of Asterix and Obelix, Panoramix goes in search of his successor. Astérix: Le Secret de la Potion Magique is not an adaptation of one of the Goscinny and Uderzo’s comics, it is an original story written by Alexandre Astier and Louis Clichy. The two had already collaborated on the hugely successful Astérix: Le Domaine des dieux in 2014. Alexandre Astier is a writer, director and comedian who became famous after the success of his TV series Kaamelott. Louis Clichy worked as an animator for Pixar on films such as Wall-E and Up.
Fourth in the French Box Office charts is another story that would be familiar to French kids of the late 80s. Rémi sans famille (which translates to Rémi Without Family) is a 1977 Japanese animation series, adapted from a French novel by Hector Malot called Sans famille. A new film adaptation has now been released in France, starring Daniel Auteuil. A ten-year-old orphan, Rémi, is entrusted into the hands of a traveling musician Signor Vitalis. Accompanied by his trusted dog Capi and the little monkey Joli-Coeur, Rémi will travel all over France which will lead him to the discovery of his origins. The film looks to be just as heartbreaking and beautiful as the book and the animated series. In its first week, the film had a little under 240 thousand entries, with a gross of €1.4 million, ahead of Spiderman: Into The Spider-Verse, which had a little over 218 thousand entries.
In thirteenth place is another animation, released on 12 December in France. Pachamama tells the story of Tepulpaï and Naïra, a young boy and his best friend from the Andes. The two set off on a mission to find a sacred treasure that was stolen from their village. A European co-production (most notably Folivari which produced films such as the Kirikou trilogy, Belleville Rendez-Vous and Ernest & Celestine), the film was directed by Juan Antin. The film looks wonderfully colorful. This is a film that is both entertaining and educational.
Astérix: Le Secret de la Potion Magique was released on 5 December 2018 in France, and is due to come out throughout Europe in the coming months, with a release date for U.K. theatres on 15 August 2019.