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Stiller is a popular figure in Italy, having recently come through Rome to meet with mayor Ignazio Marino. According to Marino, Stiller will shoot Zoolander 2, the sequel to his popular fashion model comedy, using both Roman exteriors and the city’s Cinecitta Studios.
Jupiter Ascending failed to woo Italian audiences, premiering at number four behind local film Italiano Medio and French film Qu’est-ce qu’on a fait au bon dieu? The latest release from the Wachowskis brought in only $1.1 million in its opening weekend in Italy.
Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken faired well in its second week in release, taking $1.02 million to grab the fifth spot.
Despite heavy Oscar buzz and its Venice opening last year, Birdman couldn’t topple Unbroken, debuting in the number six spot with $938,000.
The Theory of Everything continued to ride its awards-season buzz, bringing in $694,000 and reachinb the number eight position. It’s still well behind fellow U.K. Oscar contender The Imitation Game, which has taken in $8.9 million for the year in Italy, compared to The Theory of Everything’s $5.6 million.
Nothing can touch Clint Eastwood in Italy, however, as American Sniper has already brought in $21.1 million for the year. That has broken the revenue for last year’s top movie in Italy, Angelina Jolie’s Maleficent, which had brought in $19.1 million.
So far, Italian box-office numbers are looking up for 2015 to-date after a lackluster 2014. But with the continued decline of the Euro’s value, that may not mean as much for Hollywood’s distributors.
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