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Italy Box Office, Week Ending February 12, 2023

As expected, the nostalgia effect paid off: the Titanic reissue monopolized the weekend in Italy. The re-release’s 290 screens brought more than 800,000 euros to Disney’s coffers in just four days (since its debut on February 9, 2023), with a very high per-screen average compared to other releases.

The same could happen with the upcoming return in theaters of the 4K version of Stanley Kubrick‘s masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey, which will be distributed in a smaller number of theaters (158) and will certainly make its presence felt on the receipts of midweek days.

Multiple Golden Globe winner The Banshees of Inisherin, with Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson, is holding up very well in Italy, benefiting not only from the awards received but also from the excellent word of mouth among viewers (according to Italian industry magazine Film TV), with 16,1000 euros for the week and a total gross of 1.3 million euros.

Steven Soderbergh‘s new chapter of Magic Mike’s Last Dance was third at the box office with a gross total of 298,000 euros so far.

Following two movies for the young audience, Asterix & Obelix: The Middle Kingdom and Argonuts: Mission Olympus, which settled in fourth and fifth positions with € 773.000 total and € 300.000, respectively, was James Cameron‘s Avatar: The Way of Water. The sequel continues its march toward 45 million euros total since its debut in December 2022. Avatar 2 still holds a high per-screen average, a fact that may mean it will remain strong in venues for several more weeks.

Next after M. Night Shyamalan‘s horror Knock at the Cabin was Todd Field’s TÁR, which, despite a smaller number of screens (and 201,000 euros total), managed to do better than Florian Zeller‘s The Son. The latter film slipped out of the top ten (70k for the week, on a 150k total).

Chan-wook Park’s Decision to Leave held fine with a 200k total. Not so good was the debut of the animated Marcel the Shell with Shoes On, which was unable to find a robust audience despite a significant number of screens (166).

With a total gross of just over 4 million euros, this weekend was decidedly subdued compared to the previous one (-25%) and yet marked a 200% increase compared to a year ago.

Upcoming this week is the aforementioned 2001: A Space Odyssey return and the much-awaited Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.

In Italy, box office results and grosses are reported by various media outlets, including the Italian National Association of Cinema Exhibitors (ANEC), which provides weekly updates on the top-grossing movies in the country.

Other sources of information include Box Office Italia, which offers box office estimates and analysis, and Cinetel, which tracks cinema attendance and ticket sales. There are approximately 3,500 movie screens in Italy, according to data from the European Audiovisual Observatory.