Penelope Cruz has scored an impressive double whammy, starring in the top two films at the Italian box office: Medusa's Italian-language picture Don't Move, and Columbia Tristar Italia's Gothika.
Actor-director Sergio Castellitto's Don't Move took the number one spot on its second weekend, grossing an extra $1,769,784 which brings the Italian-Spanish co-production's tally to date to a highly promising $4,105,766.
As Medusa hiked its number of screens to 331, the film, which stars Castellitto and Cruz in a Charlize Theron Monster-style physical transformation, saw its takings rise 16%, and posted a strong screen average of $5,347.
In the meantime, Gothika, which features Cruz alongside Halle Berry, opened at number two, grossing $1,313,337 and the highest screen average of the box office, at $6,770 per screen.
On the Italian front, another actor-director's picture, Sergio Rubini's L'Amore Ritorna, opened at number six, grossing $405,539 from 128 screens for Warner Bros Italia for a satisfactory if unspectacular screen average of $3,168.
Filmauro's Che Ne Sara' Di Noi continued its strong run at the box office on the shoulders of its 12 David di Donatello nominations, grossing a further $644,341 which brings its total so far to $3,680,777.
Silvio Soldini's Agatha And The Storm has pushed its earnings after four weeks to $1,850,503 while Carlo Verdone's Love Is Eternal For As Long As It Lasts has now grossed $8,881,962 five weeks into its run.