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Madrid – Bulwarked by a huge screen-count hike – 1,365 screens – “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is edging close – as the final results still come in – to an all-time first-day record from its Friday bow in Spain, punching currently the second-best first-day figures for any movie in history in Spain: €3.0 million ($3.3 million).
Spain’s best-ever first-day bar was set at €3.2 million ($3.5 million), notched up by “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2” in 2012.
But not all cinemas had reported Friday figures by early evening Saturday in Spain. So “The Force” will end up just below or above “Breaking Dawn’s” record first-day take.
More to the point, exhibitors were revising longer-term B.O. predictions – opening weekend, final cume –upwards, given “Star Wars’” above-expectation reception by and beyond its core fan-base in Spain.
“With these results, ‘The Force’ should break opening weekend records in Spain,” said Eva Rekettyei, programming manager at Yelmo Cines, one of Spain’s biggest exhibition circuits, »
- John Hopewell and Emilio Mayorga
Madrid – Distributed by Universal Pictures International Spain, “Spanish Affair 2,” the sequel to the highest-grossing Spanish film of all time on native soil, rang up the biggest opening weekend of 2015 in Spain over Nov. 20-22, punching a massive €7.9 million ($8.4 million) at Spanish theaters.
Made off 755 screens, the B.O. gross beat out the former 2015 best opener, “50 Shades of Gray” ($7.5 million).
Spain’s best-ever bow bar is still set at €9.2 million ($9.75 million), notched up by “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2.” Only two Spanish movies have improvded on “Spanish Affair 2”: Juan Antonio Bayona’s “The Impossible” ($9.0 million) and “Torrente 4” ($8.9 million), both released by Warner Bros. Pictures España.
“Spanish Affair 2’s” bow was “higher than the high-end of our expectations,” said Ghislain Barrois, CEO of Telecinco Cinema, a producer of “Spanish Affair 2” with Telecinco Cinema’s Alvaro Augustin and Lazona Films’ Gonzalo Salazar Simpson. Lazona Films and Weather Films Aie, a tax vehicle, »
- John Hopewell
Berlin – Music Box Films has acquired North American rights to “The Pilgrim-Paulo Coehlo’s Best Story,” a biopic about the best-selling writer sold by Picture Tree Intl., which is screening the title at Berlin Festival.
Written by Karolina Kotscho, and produced by Brazil’s Iona de Macedo and Kotscho and Spain’s Angelica Huete, the fiction feature debut of Daniel Augusto narrates Coelho’s spiritual journey, taking in a flirtation with death, escape from madness and making Brazilian rock and roll history.
The buy is a typical purchase for Music Box, with a strong and highly eclectic line in international buys, ranging from auteurist drama (“Monsieur Lazhar”) to gross-out comedy (“Torrente 4”), breakout international hits (“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”) and exquisite European arthouse, such as the Oscar-nominated “Ida.”
“The Pilgrim” will make its international premiere at March’s Miami Intl. Film Festival.
- John Hopewell
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