The smile was wiped off Mona Lisa's face last weekend when Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton arrived in town with Something's Gotta Give to take pole position away from the Columbia TriStar release. The romantic comedy which had been shown in the Berlinale's official section with Nicholson and Keaton in attendance, clocked up an impressive $7,683 average from 536 screens to take $ 4.1m.
Another Berlinale competition film Ron Howard's The Missing also made the most of the festival publicity by timing its release while the Berlinale was still in progress and grossed $ 676,656 from 447 screens.
Meanwhile, Achim von Borries' teenager suicide drama Love In Thoughts (Was Nützt Die Liebe In Gedanken) - which had shown as a Panorama Special at the festival - opened promisingly for X Verleih with a screen average of $ 3,955 from its 91 prints.
However, it has again been a Turkish film which has registered the highest screen average. Last month, Maxximum Films had a hit with Hababam Sinifi Merhaba, the remake of a comedy classic from the 1970s about the crazy goings-on in a private school, and now Warner Bros. has hit the jackpot again with Yilmaz Erdogan's Vizontele Tuuba, a sequel to his 2001 comedy Vizontele which grossed Euros 1.37m for the German office of Warner Bros.
Vizontele Tuuba posted a screen average of $ 8,943 from its 49 prints and already taken $1.2m after two weeks release.