Italy Box Office: Local Comedy Ousts 'Penguins'
'Il Ricco, il Povero e il Maggiordomo' is the latest successful recession-themed Italian comedy
Il Ricco, il Povero e il Maggiordomo (The Rich, the Poor and the Butler), had a grand opening of $2,865,188 with over 300,000 tickets.
Directed by and starring Italian comedy legends Aldo, Giovanni and Giacomo alongside Morgan Bertacca, the film is yet another project about Italy's recession. In its latest reincarnation, the social and economic positions of three characters turn upside-down after the economic meltdown.
After having a steady hold on Italy's box office, Penguins of Madagascar has been bumped to the No. 2 spot with $1,833,622.
Woody Allen's poorly reviewed Magic in the Moonlight stayed strong at No. 3, bringing in $1,748,368.
Interstellar and Mockingjay remained in the top 10 but below other local films Ma Tu Di Che Segno 6? and Scusate Se Esisto!
Italy's local flare has remained strong throughout the year. Gabriele Salvatores' The Invisible Boy opening Dec. 18. Expectations are high for the Academy Award-winning director's latest, Italy's first superhero movie.