Italy Box Office 2014: Angelina Jolie Reigns, Local Comedies Do Well, Revenue Drops

Angelina Jolie as 'Maleficent'

Disney's 'Maleficent' conquered the country, but the top 10 films' performance was sharply lower than in 2013

Angelina Jolie and Maleficent conquered the Italian box office in 2014, but overall revenue dropped sharply compared with 2013, which was boosted by a big homegrown hit and Disney's Frozen.

Maleficent took home $19.1 million in Italy in 2014. The Sleeping Beauty retelling drew in families from around the country, who mostly saw a dubbed version of the new Mrs. Brad Pitt taking on the good side of a classic villain.

Italian comedies continued to fare well, with three low-budget films breaking the top 10 box-office rankings, surrounded by the latest installments of Hollywood tentpoles Hunger Games, Transformers and Spider-Man.

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The number two spot went to mafia comedy Un Boss in Salotto, which took $16.6 million. Luca Minieri’s local hit garnered laughs with a pitch-perfect family being upended when a small-time criminal brother hides out in their home.

Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street took the number three spot with $15.96 million. But it was followed closely by Sotta Una Buona Stella (Under a Lucky Star) with $14.1 million. The Carlo Verdone-directed film about a man who has to change his lifestyle when something terrible happens in his life stars Netflix’s Marco Polo star, newcomer Lorenzo Richelmy.

Tutta Colpa di Freud (It's All Freud's Fault) by Paolo Genovese also broke the top 10 for the year with box-office revenue of $10.7 million. The fast-paced comedy about a psychoanalyst treating his three troubled daughters proved to be a homegrown hit.

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Overall, the box-office numbers for the top 10 films of 2014 are dramatically below 2013. The top 10 in 2014 pulled in $135.6 million, compared with $239.3 million in 2013.

Road trip comedy Sole a catinelle in 2013 raked in $69.9 million, breaking records, with another Disney hit, Frozen, taking the number 2 spot with $26.4 million. The box office saw a big boost in 2013 when theaters lowered the price of admissions, but the incentive did not seem to make a lasting impression.

Here is the list of Italy's top 10 box-office performers in 2014:

1. Maleficent ($19.1 million)

2. Un Boss in Salotto ($16.6 million)

3. The Wolf of Wall Street ($16.0 million)

4. Sotta Una Buona Stella ($14.1 million)

5. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 ($13.0 million)

6. Interstellar ($12.9 million)

7. Transformers: Age of Extinction ($11.6 million)

8. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 ($11.0 million)

9. Tutta Colpa di Freud ($10.7 million)

10. How to Train Your Dragon 2 ($10.65 million)

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