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Last Updated: Wednesday, 14 September 2005, 08:45 GMT 09:45 UK
Penguins 'top' French films in US
March of the Penguins
The film follows the breeding habits of the Emperor Penguin
A documentary about penguins has become the most successful French film at the US box office, reports have said.

The March of the Penguins has sold $66.8m (36.6m) in tickets since its June release overtaking Luc Besson thriller The Fifth Element.

The documentary is favourite to be named as France's entry for the best foreign language film at the Oscars, according to Screen International.

It follows Emperor penguins walking to their breeding ground in Antarctica.

Luc Jacquet's film is also the second most successful documentary in US box office history after Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 - the first documentary to make more than $100m (58m) at the North American box office in 2004.

In the French version of the film - which was shot by a four-man crew over 14 months - actors' voices speak for the penguins.

However the US version has been reworked, replacing the actors' voices with a narration by Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman.



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