Italy Box Office: 'The Hateful Eight' Opens at No. 1

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'The Hateful Eight'

Quentin Tarantino's latest is a hit in the country.

Quentin Tarantino’s latest film, The Hateful Eight, is a hit in Italy, grossing $3.9 million (3.5 million euros) in four days.  This marks the biggest debut for a Tarantino film in Italy; the most successful of his films previously was Django Unchained.

The director has a legion of fans in the country. He has won three David di Donatello Awards, Italy’s Academy Awards, for best foreign film in 2013 for Django Unchained, in 2010 for Inglourious Basterds and in 1995 for Pulp Fiction.

It was upon collecting the awards last summer that the director met in Rome with composer Ennio Morricone and pleaded with him to score The Hateful Eight. The resulting score gave the 87-year-old composer his sixth Oscar nomination.

Universal’s local comedy L’Abbiamo Fatta Grosso held strong in its second week out at No. 2 with $2.1 million, for an 11-day total of $6.5 million.

The Revenant continued to do well, bringing in $1.5 million  (1.3 million euros) at the No. 3 position since its January 16 premiere. The film is so far No. 2 of the year with $13.9 million, outperforming other heavyweight films last year, such as Spectre.

Point Break debuted in fourth place with $1.3 million (1.1 million euros). At the No. 5 position in its second week, Joy held strong with $733,260 for a $2.3 million collective haul.

Local phenomenon, and top-grossing Italian film of all-time Quo Vado? came in at No. 6. With 64.7 million euros in total, it is just shy of overtaking Avatar’s all-time 65-million-euro haul, which would make it the highest grossing film of all time in Italy.

Debuting in the number eight position, The Fifth Wave brought in $425,000 on 201 screens.

Failing to compete with the crowded box office, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies premiered in the tenth spot with $320,541.

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