Italy Box Office: 'Inside Out' Becomes Top Grossing Film of 2015

Netflix's organized crime drama 'Suburra' grabbed second spot at the box office this week.

After a neck and neck race with Minions, Inside Out has pulled ahead as the number one grossing film in Italy in 2015.

After grossing another $2.18 million this week, Inside Out now has a cume of $26.9 million, beating out Minions which grossed $26.4 million in its theatrical run. Fifty Shades of Grey, riding high on a Valentine’s Day release, is at the number three spot for the year with a cume of $22.3 million.

Animated films have largely escaped the country’s rampant piracy problems, as families are keener take their children to theaters than to illegally download the latest toons from Pixar and Universal to watch at home.

Rounding out the top five so far in 2015 was American Sniper with $21.7 million and Universal's Fast & Furious 7 with $21.2 million.

This year has been a stellar one for Hollywood tentpoles in Italy, with the top five biggest movies having made more than last year’s biggest earner Maleficent, which pulled in a mere $19.1 million by comparison. Spectre, which was partially shot in Rome, is also expected to see healthy returns in Italy when it's released next month. 

Italian box office figures for the week just gone, show that Sony's Hotel Transylvania, another family friendly animated film, remained number one for a second week with a gross of $3.69 million. 

Suburra, Netflix’s first big foray into local Italian content, debuted at number two with $2.23 million, taking $1.5 million in its first four days. An organized crime drama, Suburra covers perennially popular subjects, at least when it comes to screen drama in Italy, of the mafia, the Vatican, drugs, prostitution and corruption. 

Kicking off with Suburra, Netflix has also ordered a 10-episode series on the Roman coast which will premiere globally in 2017.

Inside Out stayed strong at number three with $2.18 million; The Martian was number four with $1.69 million; and Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials rounded out the top five this week with $1.5 million. 

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