After an acceptable box office achieved by The Three Musketeers: D’Artagnan In 2023, things get more complicated for its sequel, Milady. But can we really talk about disappointment?
Between Cyrano de Bergerac and Indiana Jones (according to the words of its director Martin Bourboulon), the diptych The Three Musketeers It is also part of the great plan to “reconquer” French cinema promoted by Jérôme Seydoux. And even if it had all the ingredients of a marketing operation well designed by Pathé to support its major premieres and the installation of its new theaters, We were curious to see this project to revive French cinema in action..
And while Asterix and Obelix: the Middle Kingdom did not achieve its objectives, the effective The Three Musketeers: D’Artagnan (co-produced with Chapter 2) quite convinced. With its 3.3 million French spectators and an international box office of more than 31.7 million dollars (the only French film in 50 foreign markets in 2023 according to Unifrance), the first part was a success. However, D’Artagnan It continued to depend on its monitoring to prepare a faithful accounting statement. Entering the final stretch of its French operation, The Three Musketeers: Milady It makes it worse, but does it change everything?
MILADY: one for all, all for less
With its six weeks in French theaters, The Three Musketeers: Milady amounted to more than 2.4 million viewers. Although the figure is nice, it is far behind that of the first part. At the same stage, D’Artagnan had already surpassed the symbolic threshold of 3 million entries, which inevitably leaves one wondering about the success of this diptych.
However, one must always remember that These two films come with a very special financial formula.. Shot at the same time, together they form a French blockbuster with a total budget of around $72 million. To do this, Pathé and Chapter 2 rely on the overall income from the diptych, and not on those of a single part. As much as career in French theaters only represents part (certainly most) of the path.
Take the first steps of the Dumas Universe
Thus, the first film has been able, to date, to benefit from its international exploitation and video. Indeed, The Three Musketeers: D’Artagnan In particular, it will have raised more than 1.4 million dollars in Russia and more than 1.3 million in Mexico. In the case of Miladyhis international career could thus allow him catch up with this slight French disappointment. The diptych is also designed for the long term, being an adaptation of a classic work that will be accompanied by television broadcasts.
Even more, The Three Musketeers opens the way to another bet by Pathé and Chapter 2: The count of Monte-Cristo (whose release date has just been brought forward to June 28, 2024, while it was initially scheduled for December 11, 2024). Written by the same screenwriters, Alexandre de La Patellière and Matthieu Delaporte (who will also be the directors), this new adaptation by Alexandre Dumas seems to be definitively launched a french franchiseespecially since the series linked to the musketeers and planned for Disney+ have been confirmed by Variety. A great project that we will follow closely.