Italy Box Office: 'Hobbit' Tops $5 Million in Opening Week
'Battle of the Five Armies' crushed debutants 'Big Hero 6' and 'Gone Girl'
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies continues its global reign with a strong opening in Italy, bringing in $5.63 million with 591,030 admissions. Peter Jackson's final entry into the Middle-earth trilogy crushed the competition in a very packed week.
Local comedy Il Ricco, il Povero a el Maggiordomo (The Rich, the Poor and the Butler) held strong at No. 2 with $2.56 million. The recession-themed comedy's second week topped import debuts, including Big Hero 6, which brought in $1.39 million, and Gone Girl, which opened at $1.1 million.
More local comedies did well, with Un Natale Stupefacente debuting with $970K and Ma Tu Di Che Segno 6 holding steady with $915K.
Gabriele Salvatores' long-awaited The Invisible Boy, billed as Italy's first local superhero movie, faced tough competition this week, premiering at No. 7 with $810K euros with just over 100,000 admissions.
Damian Szifron's Wild Tales opened at No. 10 with $214K and 28,919 admissions. Szifron's segmented feature of jaded Argentines who get revenge in the most over-the-top manner possible has garnered universal acclaim. It made Oscar's best foreign-language shortlist and is a critic favorite to pick up the statuette.