'Hansel and Gretel' opens at #1 in Brazil on January 27, 2013
The Paramount fairy tale actioner Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters made its international debut this weekend in 19 countries and opened at #1 in every territory besides Argentina. It's highest opening was Brazil, in which the Jeremy Renner flick made $4.5 million from 366 theaters, 616% above Red Riding Hood, 154% above Underworld: Awakening, 93% above Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Killer, and 56% above Snow White and the Huntsman. Part of Hansel's success could be spill-over from Renner's starring role in The Avengers, which made an astounding $63.9 million in Brazil alone. Also debuting strong in Brazil is the Steven Spielberg historical picture Lincoln, which earned $1 million in just 151 theaters, enough to rank it #3 on the weekend's chart.
REPORT: 'Wreck-It Ralph' hits $16 million in Brazil on January 26, 2013
Walt Disney's video game cartoon Wreck-It Ralph earned $1.43 million over the week for a total of $16.7 million, the film's strongest success in Latin America. Wreck-It Ralph held the #1 spot on the Brazilian charts for its first two weeks of release, only to be recently dethroned by the local comedy De Pernas pro Ar 2. Outside of China, Brazil marks the Disney film's biggest foreign language take, with Russia ($14.7 million), France ($14.3 million) and Mexico ($14.2 million) close behind.
TRAILER: Selton Mello's 'Rio 2096: A Tale of Love And Rage' on January 25, 2013
Selton Mello, one of Brazil's biggest stars and the writer-director behind The Clown, the country's foreign language submission to the 2013 Oscars, is the voice of an immortal man in the upcoming adult cartoon Rio 2096: A Tale of Love And Rage. The film tracks 600 years of Brazilian history from its discovery by the Portuguese up to an environmentally disastrous future where water shortages control the country. In addition to the time spent on the animation, the film boasts years of research. Rio 2096: A Tale of Love And Rage is scheduled to be released on March 22, 2013.
Watch the trailer for Rio 2096: A Tale of Love And Rage
'De Pernas pro Ar 2' takes #1 spot on January 24, 2013
In its fourth week of release, the Brazilian sex comedy De Pernas pro Ar, the sequel to the 2010 hit, has finally claimed the top spot on the charts with a $1.8 million take over the weekend, enough to steal the #1 spot away from the Disney cartoon Wreck-It Ralph, which earned $1.4 million in its third week. New entrants Django Unchained ($1.2 million) and the Arnold Schwarzenegger action flick The Last Stand ($867K) claimed the third and fourth spots on the weekend charts. De Pernas pro Ar 2 experienced only a 26.5% drop in ticket sales, the smallest dip in any film in the top ten, and less than half of the fall seen by Jack Reacher ($477K) in the Tom Cruise film's second week of release.
Current Top Five
1) De Pernas pro Ar 2 $1,818,789
2) Wreck-It Ralph $1,437,052
3) Django Unchained $1,274,174
4) The Last Stand $867,171
5) Cloud Atlas $845,312
First Image Released of Brazilian Drama 'Bald Mountain' on January 20, 2013
Director Heitor Dhalia is among the current generation of Brazilian helmers to find work in Hollywood. His last two films, Gone and Adrift, starred American names like Amanda Seyfried (Mamma Mia), Wes Bentley (American Beauty), Camilla Belle (10,000 BC) and Joel David Moore (Avatar). His latest, however, Bald Mountain (Serra Pelada) is a homegrown drama about the 1978 gold rush that struck an inland mountain town near the Amazon River, leading to explosive population growth, pollution and crime. At its height, an estimated 70 unsolved murders occurred at the mine every month. Serra Pelada stars Wagner Moura of Elite Squad 2, which did strong art house business last year in the States and led to its director Jose Padilha striking a deal to direct the next RoboCop, out this summer. Moura will also be seen in the upcoming Neill Blomkamp (District 9) thriller Elysium. Dhalia's 120-min period drama will be released this year by Paranoid Filmes, and a U.S. release is anticipated.