Rachel Weisz and ‘Agora’ charms Spanish moviegoers
Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on October 18, 2009
Genre – Adventure / Drama / History / Romance
Tagline – Alexandria, Egypt. 391 A.D. The World Changed Forever
Plot – A historical drama set in Roman Egypt, concerning a slave who turns to the rising tide of Christianity in the hopes of pursuing freedom while also falling in love with his master, the famous female philosophy professor and atheist Hypatia of Alexandria.
By Pamela Rolfe – HollywoodReporter.com
MADRID — Alejandro Amenabar’s Egyptian epic “Agora” became this year’s top-grossing local film after only four days and snagged the top spot for 2009’s best opening weekend at the Spanish boxoffice.
Released by Fox on Friday, “Agora” earned €7 million ($10.4 million) in the first four days, thanks largely to a strong weekend that raked in €5.4 million ($8 million) with some 7 million tickets sold.
“Agora,” which stars Rachel Weisz, displaces “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs,” the previous top opening weekend with €5.3 million ($7.8 million).
The film’s strong opening leaves it shy of hitting the all-time high for a Spanish film’s opening. Four years ago, Santiago Segura’s “Torrente 3: El Protector” earned €7.2 million ($10.7 million) in the first three days.
The opening follows an unusually aggressive advertising campaign for Spain, spearheaded by broadcaster Telecinco, which saw its film branch Telecinco Cinema co-produce the film with Fernando Bovaira’s Mod Producciones and Amenbar’s Himenoptero.
Focus Features International holds international rights.