5 Euro-Films in current European Top 10
It is not often that non-US fare breaks European top chart barriers so it is quite a feat to have five European films hitting the top 10 European chart this weekend. In fact, the #1 European film this weekend is not Up or Inglourious Basterds (both playing in over ten territories each), but the delightful French comedy, Petit Nicolas.
Petit Nicolas is a family comedy loosely adapted from the five comic books tracing the misadventures of a nine-year-old boy in 1950s France. The film takes the domestic audience back to their childhoods and everyone can identify with the small child looking for his place in society. The film opened at #1 in France and also opened in Belgium and Suisse Romande.
Now in its fourth week in release, Wickie und die starken Männer is still holding very strong in Germany. Still ranked high in the German charts (#3) the film has already reached into the 2009 top charts, at #4 so far this year. Playing in four territories (Germany, Austria, Spain and Deutschschweiz), the film is ranked at #4 in Europe.
At #7 for Europe is the Swedish sequel thriller Flickan som lekte med Elden. The film has opened in six territories and all are reporting very solid box office. Though originally sltaed for DVD release, the success of Män som hatar kvinnor has pushed the other two films into the box office spotlight. The girl is definitely playing with fire as box office success is spreading through Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Italy and Norway. In a subnote: Germany and Greece just released Män som hatar kvinnor to solid box office. Both countries are not known for embracing Scandinavian thrillers, so this attests to the mainstream aspect of the thriller series.
The solid box office for Spain's [REC]² has landed the horror sequel at #8 for Europe, even though it is only playing in Spain. The same is true for the Italian drama, Baaria: la Porta del Vento. Following the legend of a Sicilian family over three generations, the film touches the private affairs of these people and their families, evoking the loves, dreams and disappointments of a whole community lived in the thirties and the eighties of last century in the province of Palermo. In its second week, the film is at #1 in Italy with enough ticket sales to bring it into the all European chart at #9 - ahead of second-weeker Fame.