Italy Box Office: 'Interstellar' Stays on Top

Interstellar Art - H 2014

Interstellar Art - H 2014

Christopher Nolan's sci-fi epic beat out local comedies

Christopher Nolan's Interstellar continued its dominance at the Italian box office, holding onto its top spot for the second week in a row.

The sci-fi epic took in $4.2 million from 511,325 admissions.

Andiamo a quel paese from Medusa Films held on to the number two position with $3.34 million. The Italian comedy premiered at the Rome Film Festival in September and has proven to be a hit with local audiences.

Directed by and starring two comedians from Palermo, Salvatore Ficarra and Valentino Picone, the film follows two unemployed men who set up a sting operation when returning to their home in Sicily amid the country's recession. The television stars have had several box-office hits in Italy.

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Receipts have been close between the two films. Andiamo a quel paese had a better opening weekend than Interstellar in Italy, grossing $3.11 million, but Interstellar still won the week. Andiamo a quel paese had, in fact, the best opening weekend of the year for an Italian film and has topped many other big imports, such as Guardians of the Galaxy and Dracula Untold.

Another local comedy, La scuola piu' bella del mondo, took the number three position this week with $3.12 million.

Dan Gilroy's Nightcrawler, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, had a small opening, taking the number 10 spot with $520,000.

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