Italy Box Office: Paolo Sorrentino’s 'Youth' Crushes Competition


Italians packed theaters to see the latest from the Oscar-winning director.

While the Coen brothers-led jury showed no love for Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth in Cannes, the new film swept the box office in his home country Italy.

Sorrentino fans flocked to theaters to see the latest English-language feature from The Great Beauty Oscar-winning director. 

The film, playing only in a dubbed Italian version, stars Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, Jane Fonda and Paul Dano. It brought in $2.88 million (€2.6 million), almost double its closest competitor, Disney’s Tomorrowland, which debuted with $1.47 million (€1.34 million).

Cannes hits filled the top ten lineup, with Mad Max: Fury Road bringing in $1.25 million (€1.14 million) and Matteo Garrone’s Tale of Tales pulling in $1.02 million (€932,818), both in their second week out.  

And Nanni Moretti’s My Mother, held on to the number ten spot with $212,289 (€19,3526). Facing tough tentpole competition, My Mother has brought in $3.6 million (€3.28 million) total since its April 16 release, about half the pull of previous films including The Caiman (2006) and We Have a Pope (2011).

Outside of Cannes films, Avengers: Age of Ultron held strong on the charts, coming in at No. 6 with $413,944 (€377,363). Survivor followed at No. 7 with $319,388 (€291,166).