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Italian Box Office: December 13-20, 2021

He won’t be able to stop the fourth wave of the pandemic, but he’s definitely the hero that Italy needed now, box office-wise at least. In less than a week of programming in theaters – five days to be exact – Spider-Man: No Way Home has taken in €11,226,278 domestically, totaling almost a million and a half viewers. It’s the film that has grossed the most in 2021 in the country, surpassing Eternals, which took home €8.4 million in total, and No Time to Die (€8 million).

Once again Tom Holland wears Spider-Man’s costume. Expectations were very high since the very beginning: No Way Home ends the so-called Homecoming trilogy directed by Jon Watts, focusing on the youth (and dramas related to it) of the New York superhero par excellence.

But if the success of Spider-Man in Italy resembles what is going on internationally, the same cannot be said of House of Gucci. The film – which did not take off in the US – is doing better domestically and is in the second position of the top ten, grossing €1,741,081, perhaps thanks to the presence of Lady Gaga herself in Milan last month for the official presentation. The film, directed by Ridley Scott, tells the story of the Gucci family. At the center of the plot is a shocking event, not only for the family but also for the fashion world: the killing of Maurizio Gucci in 1995. Adam Driver plays the famous Italian entrepreneur, while Lady Gaga plays Patrizia “Black Widow” Reggiani, Gucci’s ex-wife, accused of organizing the murder.

The third place goes to an all-Italian film Diabolik (€ 802,465). The film is based on the comic book saga of the same name created by the Giussani sisters in the 1960’s, and is directed by brothers Antonio and Marco Manetti. Playing the thief and criminal genius Diabolik, and his lover and partner in crime Eva Kant, are Luca Marinelli and Miriam Leone, while their nemesis, Inspector Ginko, police chief of the gray Clearville in charge of capturing them, is played by Valerio Mastandrea.

There’s a new entry for the fourth place as well: Chi ha incastrato Babbo Natale? with one of the icons of Italian Christmas movies Christian De Sica, son of the legendary actor/director Vittorio De Sica, in the role of Santa Claus. The film revolves around an evil plot to “frame” Santa Claus in the season when he “dominates the market,” carried out by an e-commerce company, Wonderfast. The company wants to bribe the head of Santa’s elves by infiltrating his team with a new manager.

Following in the top ten are, respectively, Encanto (#5), Mollo tutto e apro un Chiringuito (#6), I fratelli de Filippo (#7), Clifford The Big Red Dog (#8), The Matrix Reissue (#9, the original film which is being re-released in anticipation of Lana Wachowski’s The Matrix Resurrections opening January 1, 2022), and Clint Eastwood’s  Cry Macho (#10). On the streaming side, this week on Prime Video Being the Ricardos is out on December 21. It has been nominated for three Golden Globes, with Nicole Kidman nominated for Best Actress in a Drama, Javier Bardem for Best Actor in a Drama and Aaron Sorkin for Best Screenplay.