'Orphanage' rocks Spanish boxoffice


MADRID -- Juan Antonio Bayona's ghost tale "The Orphanage" set a boxoffice record as this year's best-performing Spanish production in its opening weekend, minting €5.9 million ($8.4 million), AC Nielsen said Monday.

The film, produced by Guillermo del Toro and Spanish broadcaster Telecinco Cinema, was fourth in the overall standings, which were led by "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End," which made €8.9 million ($12.7 million) on its opening weekend.

Even so, "Orphanage" raked in more money per copy than any other film this year, averaging €17,000 ($24,163) on each of its 349 copies. "Pirates" was released with 827 copies.

"Orphanage," starring Belen Rueda as a woman who returns to the orphanage of her childhood to find her own child playing with the horrific playmates that haunter her, is distributed by Warners.

Bayona's directorial debut also is Spain's bid this year for the foreign-language Oscar. New Line recently picked up U.S. remake rights that include del Toro producing.