– The domestic audience shows great appetite for local productions, with a high demand for fairy tales
Princess Lost in Time 2 by Petr Kubík
A Czech fantasy film has managed to attract more viewers to domestic darkrooms than the latest Marvel blockbuster. In its opening weekend, the live-action fairy tale Princess Lost in Time 2directed by Petr Kubíkgathered 67,348 paid viewers (grossing €422,103) while Black Panther: Wakanda Forever gathered 57,298 viewers (although it grossed €444,867). The sequel appeals more to the young-adult imagination than its 2020 predecessor and opened in 223 local theaters, with 128 darkrooms showing the Marvel blockbuster. Instead of the lead from the first movie (read the news), this time Princess Elena is depicted Natalia Germani (the protagonist in Nightsiren [+see also:
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The first film generated a total revenue of 338,081 euros and was seen by 58,096 viewers. The domestic audience’s appetite for homegrown fantasy has certainly increased this year. The creators characterized the sequel as more action-oriented and with 900 visual effects, the highest number in the history of Czech cinema according to them. These were created by local studio QQ Ostrava with the help of studio Paranormal. Depending on the final result of the box office, which so far does not seem to be disappointing, the director Petr Kubík and screenwriter Lukáš Daniel Pařík are determined to expand to Princess Lost in Time Cinematic Universe with two more installments in the budding franchise: a feature-length spin-off following the central villain Murien and a feature film dedicated to the remaining member of the band, Prince Jan.
Princess Lost in Time 2 wasn’t the only film to have a good opening weekend. Jan PrusinowskiThe latest venture of the big screen Grand Prix (reading the news) made its domestic premiere and reached third place, with receipts of 298,480 euros (42,725 tickets from 220 cinemas). Fifth place was taken by another Czech fairy tale, The prince’s mama’s boybased on the book by the Czech actor Jan Budař who stars in the big screen adaptation as well as its direction and production. Curiously, The prince’s mama’s boy outperformed the most recent DC property in its opening weekend, with 41,535 tickets (€250,006) compared to Black Adamis 21,924. 2022 is the year of the Czech fairy tale, as this year’s record holder remains The secret of an old pistol 2directed by Radovan Vašákwhich gathered 89,791 admissions in its opening weekend, grossing €542,630.
In the seventh place of the ranking of the weekend it belongs Tomasz Winskihis provocative debut Borders of Love [+see also:
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