ITALY: 'Gravity' Sets Opening Weekend Record for 2013 Sci-Fi Releases

on October 09, 2013

 

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A $2.7 million opening for Gravity launched Alfonso Cuarón's sci-fi spectacle to the top of the Italian box office over the weekend. The film averaged a market-leading $6,896 from 299 screens, more than the combined PSA's of second place The Smurfs 2 ($3,078) and third place Rush ($3,367). Gravity's opening weekend marks the largest sci-fi opening of the year in Italy.

 

2013 Sci-Fi Films in Italy

 

After Earth

Opening Weekend: $2.3M

Cume to Date: $5.7M

 

Elysium

Opening Weekend: $2M

Cume to Date: $6.2M

 

Oblivion

Opening Weekend: $2M

Cume to Date: $5.6M

 

Pacific Rim

Opening Weekend: $1.3M

Cume to Date: $3.8M  

 

Star Trek Into Darkness

Opening Weekend: $1.3M

Cume to Date: $3M

 

Riddick

Opening Weekend: $799K

Cume to Date: $1.9M

 

The Smurfs 2 took second place in its third weekend in release. The animated sequel posted a $1.7 million hold to reach a $8.2 million total in the territory. The original Smurfs movie grossed $15.7 million in 2011. Rush settled for third place in its third weekend, adding $1.2 million to reach a $7.1 million total. The Bling Ring slipped 42% in its first hold-over weekend, collecting $1.1 million from 356 screens to reach a $3.4 million total. The Bling Ring is director Sofia Coppola's second-highest grossing film in Italy and should surpass the $3.8 million earned by Lost in Translation over the coming weeks.

 

A trio of debuts couldn't make their way past the mid-table mark. Domestic film Anni Felici fared best in the group with a $835k take from 249 screens. The Lady Di biopic, Diana, continues to struggle in its European expansion, placing sixth in Italy with an $808k debut from 354 screens. The Frozen Ground opened in 204 theaters to $803k.  

 

Top Ten Films in Italy. October 4-6, 2013

 

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