'Pompeii' Gets Buried in German Bow as Crowdfunded 'Stromberg' Rules

4:04 AM PST 03/03/2014 by Scott Roxborough
"Pompeii"

Paul W.S. Anderson's disaster actioner, starring “Game of Thrones” star Kit Harrington, opens to just $1.5 million in the key European territory.

More bad news for Paul W.S. Anderson's Pompeii as the disaster actioner got buried on its first weekend in Germany, earning just $1.5 million on 442 screens.

The $100 million epic featuring Game of Thrones star Kit Harrington, Emily Browning and Carrie-Anne Moss was the biggest drama in contention in the territory but Pompeii got beat out by a trio of comedies and one animated feature – in the form of DreamWorks Animation's Mr. Peabody & Sherman.

Local-language laffer Stromberg – a crowd-funded title adapted from the German version of BBC's The Office – took the top slot for the second weekend running and has earned around $7 million so far. Peabody & Sherman took in around $2 million on its debut weekend, enough for a solid second-place finish. Another German-language comedy – Vaterfreuden – and a hit Turkish one -  Recep Ivedik 4 – finished on top Pompeii. With previews and with the help of the extra surcharge for 3D tickets, Pompeii pushed past George Clooney's The Monuments Men to squeeze into fifth slot for the weekend.

Overall, Pompeii earned a further $16.4 million from 48 markets this past weekend to take its international total to $47.7 million.

Germany-based Constantin, which fully financed and produced Pompeii, had been looking to the international box office to make up for the film's disappointing U.S. bow, where it earned around $18 million so far for distributor TriStar. Overall the film has earned just over $65 million.

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