Filmauro's Italian coming-of-age tale, Che Ne Sara' Di Noi (literally, What will become of us) opened on a high at number four at the Italian box office last weekend, grossing $997,007 from 171 screens.

The picture, which was directed by Giovanni Veronesi and co-scripted by Veronesi and the film's lead actor, Silvio Muccino, posted a high per screen average of $5,830 on the wave of a strong marketing campaign centreing around Muccino.

Meanwhile, Carlo Verdone's L'Amore E' Eterno Finche Dura continued its impressive march at the box office. In its third week, the Medusa film grossed a further $1,287,892, which placed it in second position after BVI's new Brother Bear, with a running total so far of $7,464,092.

Silvio Soldini's new Italian comedy, Agatha And The Storm, earned a further $421,993 from 124 screens in its second week, pushing its total earnings for Mikado to a respectable if unspectacular $1,107,960.

Elsewhere, in its second week Medusa's local thriller A Strange Crime, which stars Daniel Auteuil and Greta Scacchi, grossed a timid $80,694 from 36 screens, for a total gross of just $344,226.