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Italian Box Office : December 6, 2021

If there’s one debut Italian cinema didn’t wish for, that’s the “Super Green Pass”. The reinforced Covid certificate, valid only for vaccinated or healed people, becomes mandatory to enter any of the 3.667 theaters around the country from Monday, December 6th, thus further limiting the number of potential movie-goers, with the possibility of a negative impact on box offices.

Over the last week, Italian productions have almost disappeared from the top 10 rankings. Una famiglia mostruosa – a horror-comedy by Volfango De Biasi, released on November 25th– timidly shows at the bottom of the chart, while Freaks Out – Gabriele Mainetti’s period film set in 1943, featuring four super-powered freaks fighting for survival in Nazi-occupied Rome – after a successful month in theaters (and presence on the top-ten ranking films) and roughly 2.6 million earnings, has definitely said goodbye to top lists. One Italian film though is breaking records: Paolo Sorrentino‘s E’ stata la mano di Dio. The theaters are full, reviews are raging, but the producer, Netflix, will not disclose box office information and incomes, at least not before the film makes its debut on the streaming platform.

Regarding the official ranking, Disney’s Encanto has been leading the top ten chart the whole week, earning a total of 2.645.342 euros since its launch on November 24. Encanto tells the tale of Mirabel, the “ordinary girl” of an extraordinary family, the Madrigals, who live hidden in the mountains of Colombia. Cry Macho – Clint Eastwood’s adaptation of N. Richard Nash’s 1975 novel about the journey of redemption of a one-time rodeo star that takes a job to bring a man’s young son home and away from his alcoholic mom – released on December 2nd, has immediately conquered #2, taking in 220 thousand euros in the first three days. Ghostbusters: Afterlife (in Italy Ghostbuster: Legacy) takes the third step of the podium with a weekly income of 700.000 euros and netting a total of 2.102.553 euros since its release on November 18th.

Clifford – The Big Red Dog and The Ice Road are among the new releases of last week (December 2nd) that made it in the top chart, respectively at 4th and 5th place with total earnings of 151.526 euros and 122.364 euros. “Clifford” is a CGI animated movie that follows the adventures of little Emily and her huge red dog in New York, while The Ice Road, directed by Jonathan Hensleigh and starring Liam Neeson and Laurence Fishburne is set in Canada and tells about the impossible rescue mission over a frozen ocean to save the lives of trapped miners.

Completing the top ten were, in order, Eternals (total earnings since debut 8.203.050 euros), Una famiglia mostruosa (total 468.918 euros), Resident Evil – Welcome to Raccoon City (total 428.683 euros, Dear Evan Hansen – which also debuted on December 2nd – (total 64.953 euros), and The French Dispatch (total 1.968.399). The season’s top-listers are Eternals at number 1 (€ 8.039.941), No Time to Die (€ 8.004.307), and Dune (7.3 million).

In the meantime, Golden Globe and Oscar winner Richard Dreyfuss has been spotted in the outskirts of Rome during the shooting of Save Christmas, directed by Kristoph Tassin. The Italian production shot in English, Save Christmas is a holiday film starring a family: mother, father, two children and…Santa Claus.