Italy Box Office: Local Comedy Trumps 'Zoolander 2' Debut

'Zoolander 2'
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'The Hateful Eight' came in No. 2 in its second weekend.

Medusa Film’s new comedy Perfetti Sconosciuti (Perfect Strangers) conquered the Italian box office in its first week to come in No. 1 with $3.7 million for the Sept. 8-14 corridor.

The comedy involves a dinner party game that results in all parties revealing their darkest secrets to each other over the course of an evening.

Quentin Tarantino’s latest film, The Hateful Eight, continued to do well, coming in No. 2 in its second week out with $3.2 million.

Despite the buzz of being shot entirely in Rome, Zoolander 2 debuted at No. 3 with $1.4 million. The film features some of the city’s best landmarks, including the Baths of Caracalla and the Pantheon. It marks a significant debut for a Ben Stiller film in Italy, however, 60 percent ahead of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty in the country.

The hit comedy L’Abbiamo Fatta Grossa held the No. 4 spot with $1.2 million.

New Line and MGM's How to Be Single premiered at No. 5 with $1.1 million.

Revenant stayed strong in the No. 6 spot with $734,454 for the week. Norm of the North didn't fare so well, coming in at number seven in only its second week out with $697,171. Other films that stayed on in the top 10 included Point Break ($624,000) at No. 8 and Joy ($425,090) at No. 9.

And local phenomenon Quo Vado? held onto its No. 10 spot with $357,884. It has now just crossed the $65 million mark in total, slowly trying to beat Avatar’s record for best film performance of all time in Italy. 

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