PARIS- Pathe International has closed a flurry of sales across Europe on Dany Boon's latest comedy blockbuster "Superchondriac," which has racked up the second best first day box office - $3.2 million - of any French film since Boon's own box office uber-phenom "Welcome to the Sticks" six years ago.
The movie, which marks Boon's follow-up to mega-hits "Welcome To The Sticks" and "Nothing To Declare," pre-sold to Prokino (Germany), Eagle (Italy), Volga (Russia), Eden (Israel), Vandetta (Portugal), Paradiso (Netherlands), Monolith (Poland), MTVA (Hungary), Spentzos (Grece), Megarama (Maghreb), Chantier (Turkey) and Gulf Films (Middle-East).
Budgeted at â¬31 million ($42.3 million), the film centers on a middle-aged loser suffering from hypochondria ( Boon) and his best friend who is also his doctor (Kad Merad).
It's produced by Pathe, Boon's Les Productions du Ch'timi, TF1 Films Prods. and Belgium's Artemis Prods..
Although the pic boasts considerable B.O. potential in French-speaking territories and in select markets, "Superchondriac" isn't an easy sell for Pathe due to its big price tag and the fact that it belongs to the bread of mainstream comedies that's often too culturally-specific to travel widely. Yet, the legacy of Boon (as a director) remains strong enough to enlist major distributors looking for what. even at the very get-go - looks very much like the next big French laffer hit.
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