Domestic musical fairy tale trounces US imports in Czech theatres
by Martin Kudláč
- Three Brothers by the father-son Svěrák duo became the most-visited film in the Czech Republic in 2014
Domestic audiences decided that the most popular Czech film of 2014 was the musical fairy tale Three Brothers [+see also:
film profile] by filmmaking father-son duo Jan and Zdeněk Svěrák. The story about three brothers in search of brides interweaves three popular fairy tales – Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty and The Twelve Months – in a family-orientated film that turned out to have the right ingredients to entice 661,378 paying customers into cinemas. It thus became the number-one movie in the country, undeterred by the impressive pulling power demonstrated by the last part of The Hobbit trilogy, which rocked up in second place, taking 94,684 fewer admissions (despite it grossing 13,819,666 CZK, or approximately €500,000, more at the box office).
Spots two to five were occupied by US productions such as How to Train Your Dragon 2 and The Wolf of Wall Street, while the sixth and seventh places in the top-20 admissions chart belonged to Zdeněk Troška’s second instalment in his village-comedy series, Babovřesky 2, which was seen by 245,594 visitors, and the nostalgic coming-of-age comedy Tender Waves [+see also:
film profile] by Jiří Vejdělek, which drew in 232,717 viewers. The Storyteller, a bleak genre-blending hybrid of crime detective film and romance (193,698 admissions), landed in 12th place, just ahead of David Fincher’s Gone Girl; Prague Cans, the sequel to The Can, which focuses on the graffiti subculture, racked up 157,182 admissions, earning itself 16th place. Miroslav Krobot’s directorial debut, the black comedy Nowhere in Moravia [+see also:
film profile], scooped 17th place (148,824 admissions), and the 19th most-visited title ended up being 10 Rules, a remake of an Italian romcom (141,865). The total number of admissions for 2014 rose by 4.53% compared to the previous year, while the volume of screenings across the country increased from 413,251 in 2013 to 438,405 in 2014.
Czech theatres are currently being dominated by Fifty Shades of Grey, which set a new record for the best opening weekend thanks to its 254,385 admissions (it has taken a total of 464,135 so far), and in this regard, it has taken over the number-one spot from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 [+see also:
film profile] (which took 248,025 in its opening weekend). The eagerly awaited English-language found-footage horror Ghoul [+see also:
film profile] by Czech director Petr Jákl also got off to an impressive start, attracting 29,650 viewers during its opening weekend.