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Natale a Rio and Madagascar 2 top holiday films

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It’s head to head for Madagascar 2 (distributed by Universal) and local Christmas title Natale a Rio (Filmauro). According to Cinetel data, the animated film by DreamWorks is at the top of the charts this first weekend of 2009, with over €2.8m (and nearly €21.5m in three weeks), while Neri Parenti’s Natale a Rio, starring Christian De Sica, is in second place with over €2.7m (and over €22m in three weeks).

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Although Parenti’s film is the most-seen film of the holiday period, Madagascar 2 could win the overall competition tomorrow, on the holiday of the Epiphany, traditionally dedicated to children.

The top ten list of the week includes, in third place, Marcello Cesena’s Il cosmo sul comò [+see also:
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– featuring comic trio Aldo, Giovanni and Giacomo – with over €1.3m (for a total of nearly €12m in three weeks).

Moving up from eighth to sixth place is UK title The Duchess [+see also:
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by Saul Dibb (€398,000, for a two-week total of just over €1.5m), while still in ninth is Gabriele SalvatoresCome Dio Comanda [+see also:
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, which over the weekend grossed €264,000 for a total of nearly €3.1m in four weeks.

The weekend’s list is rounded out by Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire [+see also:
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, with €246,000, for a total of over €1.7m in five weeks.

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(Translated from Italian)

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