Lucy, the top-grossing film of 2014
by Vitor Pinto
- Luc Besson's movie attracted almost 309 thousand viewers in a year in which only one national production, The Maias - Story of a Portuguese Family, managed to surpass the 100,000 viewers mark
The French production Lucy [+see also:
film profile] by Luc Besson was the most popular movie of 2014 in Portuguese cinemas; and The Maias - Story of a Portuguese Family [+see also:
film profile] by João Botelho was the only national production that surpassed the 100,000 viewers mark. These conclusions are based on figures announced by the Instituto de Cine y del Audiovisual (ICA) (Portugal's Audio-visual and Film Institute), and refer to box office receipts between 1 January and 10 December. It is not expected that the last three weeks of the year will significantly change this data since both films are not new releases.
Nos Lusomundo Audiovisuais released Lucy on 21 August and since then the sci-fi movie starring Scarlett Johansson has attracted almost 309 thousand viewers, taking in a total of 1,628,686 euro.
Lucy is not the only European movie on the list of hit films of 2014. Driven by its success at the Oscars, the English-US co-production 12 Years a Slave [+see also:
interview: Michael Fassbender
film profile] by Steven McQueen is ranked 5th, with a total of 1,253,052 euro in takings and up to 242,947 viewers.
To find a Portuguese film on this year's movie hit list – a list dominated as usual by American productions – you have to scroll down to 32nd position. That's where the Portuguese-Brazilian co-production The Maias - Story of a Portuguese Family stands out. The adaptation by João Botelho of the novel by realist writer Eça de Queiróz took in almost 564,000 euro, reaching 113,060 viewers. The other national productions screened this year didn't manage to reach 100,000 viewers.
Behind The Maias in the list of top-grossing Portuguese films is Os Gatos Não Têm Vertigens [+see also:
film profile] by António-Pedro Vasconcelos. Starring the seasoned Maria do Céu Guerra, the movie won over 93,229 viewers, taking in 476,615 euro.
The top 5 most popular national movies list sees the predominance of mainstream comedies like Virados do Avesso [+see also:
film profile] by Edgar Pêra, in 3rd position (viewers: 62,472 / takings: 321,688 euro), Sei Lá [+see also:
film profile] by Joaquim Leitão, in 4th (61,730 / 315,425 euro) and Mau Mau Maria, the debut feature by José Alberto Pinheiro, in 5th (51,331 / 265,334 euro). All of them were released in the Portuguese market with distribution by Nos Lusomundo Audiovisuais.
(Translated from Spanish)