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BOX OFFICE Italy

In just four days, Checco Zalone makes a record €18 million

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- Sole a catinelle, produced by Taodue and distributed by Medusa, has sold over two and a half million tickets in one weekend. Producer Valsecchi: “a breath of fresh air for workers”

In just four days, Checco Zalone makes a record €18 million

If things continue like this, it will be easy for Checco Zalone to beat the record set by previous film Che bella giornata [+see also:
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(€43,474,000 in 2011, the most successful Italian box office hit in history). During its opening weekend, Sole a catinelle [+see also:
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(photo), a new comedy by the golden Checco Zalone-Gennaro Nunziante duo, distributed by Medusa in a number of movie theatres without precedent (1,200: read the news story), made €18.6 million in just four days (Che bella giornata made €2.62 during its first three days), for a total of 2,681,900 tickets sold and 16,598 spectators per screen, according to Cinetel data, which monitors 90% of the market.

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“An incredible result, which goes beyond my wildest expectations,” producer Pietro Valsecchi (Taodue) said, “in just four days, we have won the golden ticket and climbed up the rankings of seasonal revenue makers.”

“I am happy for those workers who can breathe again in this moment of crisis,” he said. “We continue to believe in Italian cinema, which has never needed enthusiasm and energy more.”

Another successful release, albeit a different one, was Zoran, my nephew the idiot [+see also:
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by Matteo Oleotto (public award during Critics’ Week in Venice in 2013): the comedy stars Giuseppe Battiston, which came in second position in terms of money made per screen. With just ten movie theatres showing the film, it made €9,569 per screen (for a total of €95,690). Friuli-based distributor Tucker Film, will be tripling the amount of cinema venues this weekend.

Other Italian films include comedy by and with Rocco Papaleo, Una piccola impresa meridionale [+see also:
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(read the news story), which went from being second to sixth in weekend rankings (grossing €490,000 this weekend, with a total of €3.2 million in its three running weeks), while Aspirante vedovo [+see also:
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by Massimo Venier, with Luciana Littizzetto and Fabio De Luigi (read the news story), went from fourth position to eighth position, with €215,000 made in its fourth week in movie theatres. Among European films, Palme d’Or winning Adele: chapters 1 & 2 [+see also:
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by Abdellatif Kechiche went from fifth position to seventh (€423.422 in its second week running, €1.37 million total).

Worth noting that riding on the Zalone phenomenon wave, the Italian box office made +68.30% this weekend compared to the same period last year.

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(Translated from Italian)

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