Italy Box Office: ‘Inside Out’ Knocks ‘Minions’ Out of Top Spot

Inside Out H 2015
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Inside Out H 2015

'Amy' premiered strongly in the number-three spot.

After a record run at the top of the Italian box office, Minions has a new powerhouse player to compete with: Inside Out.

Pixar’s latest hit about the emotions inside a young girl’s head, which has been widely marketed within the country since its world premiere in Cannes in May, premiered with a $7.03 million haul in Italy this weekend. Inside Out is expected to have a long run in Italy, where Disney films are very popular.

Minions, in the number-two spot, took in $1.67 million this weekend. To date the little yellow trio has earned $23.89 million, making the animated Universal film the number-one film of the year in Italy, beating such heavy hitters as Fifty Shades of Grey, American Sniper and Furious 7. It has broken box-office records for an animated film in Italy, topping even the ticket sales of the ever-popular Frozen.

Amy, which premiered on Sept. 15, profited off the buzz around the well-reviewed documentary about the life and death of Amy Winehouse. It came in strong, in third, with $932,768 in Italy. There is a huge Winehouse fan base in Italy, where she performed live and on TV.

Recent Hollywood titles stayed on the top 10 list with less-than-spectacular showings this weekend. Fantastic Four came in at number five with $692,254. Action film No Escape failed to thrill, bringing in just $299,220 in its second week in sixth. We Are Your Friends came in seventh with $327,876.

And Paper Towns, despite Italy’s strong adult audience, failed to break through, taking the number-eight spot with $325,512. Ricki and the Flash also failed to stay strong, bringing in just $289,900.

Italy's stellar box-office numbers this year indicate a rise from recent lackluster years. Inside Out's strong opening has it poised to compete with other top hits of the year, including Avengers: Age of Ultron, Jurassic World and Cinderella.