Country Focus: Croatia
Local children's films break records in Slovenia and Croatia
by Vladan Petkovic
- Last weekend saw two children's films open to huge box office success in Slovenia and Croatia.
In Slovenia, Miha Hočevar's Going Our Way 2 (photo) sold 27,234 admissions for the opening weekend to make €140,549 and become the best local opener ever, overtaking its predecessor Going Our Way which opened in 2010 with 18,686 tickets sold. The sequel, produced by Vertigo/Emotionfilm and featuring mostly the same cast and crew, had by November 14 garnered €175,066 from 38,691 admissions, including the results from avant-premieres in nine Slovenian cities during the week before the official opening.
Going Our Way grossed a total €800,444 from 208,529 admissions in 2011.
Meanwhile in Croatia, Silvije Petranović's The Little Shoemaker [+see also:
film profile] opened ahead of Hollywood productions Thor: The Dark World and Last Vegas with 21,693 admissions and €480,988. This is the second best local opening ever, only second to Vinko Brešan's hit comedy The Priest's Children [+see also:
interview: Vinko Bresan
film profile], which sold more than 33,000 tickets for its opening weekend in January this year. By November 14, The Little Shoemaker, a Maydi Film production, had garnered a total of €102,728 from 35,355 tickets.
Croatian children's films are very popular in the territory, especially during the holiday season. Koko and the Ghosts [+see also:
film profile]sold over 77,000 admissions, and its sequel Mysterious Boy over 70,000 in 2011/12 and 2013 respectively.
The Little Shoemaker's animated predecessor Brave Adventures of the Little Shoemaker had sold more than 220,000 admissions in Croatia in 1997.