With 466,370 tickets sold after its first weekend in German theaters, "Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra" has shot to the top at the box office. And since "Brotherhood of the Wolf" is holding nicely in 9th place, that makes two French films making their mark in the Top 10 in Germany this week – a historix moment!
Launched on March 7 by the distributor Tobis StudioCanal, with 705 prints in circulation, the film by Alain Chabat has certainly found its audience in Germany. With 466,370 spectators registered, the film boasts a healthy average of 661 spectators per print, way out in front of the number 2 film, "A Beautiful Mind" (215,314 admissions.)
Prior to its release, the local press had already prepared a warm welcome for Asterix:
"Par Toutatis! Terrific! An action-packed sequel. Vene, vidi, very funny! Come, see, and laugh your head off! Quite simply delicious, those Gauls!" (Bild)
"The Romans have never flown so high."(Die Welt)
"Fun and good humor." (Der Spiegel)
“Monica Bellucci even transforms Asterix films into an erotic trip.” (GQ)
“An unbelievable pleasure.” (B.Z.)
“An admirable sets and costume drama.” (Süddeutsch Zeitung)
"A funny adaptation of the comic strip, packed with good ideas and superb images. The first monumental comedy." (Brigitte)
"Par Toutatis! The most expensive European film. The outlays have paid off." (Cinema)
At the same time, "Brotherhood of the Wolf," released on February 14, is still holding its ground in the Top 10, with 72,000 admissions registered last weekend. Overall, the film by Christophe Gans has pulled in 745,000 admissions to date.