Three times Academy Award nominee Magnolia is finding niche audiences as it opens up across international territories, despite its three-hour plus running time.

Its most successful release to date is surprisingly in Japan where the New Line Cinema picture has attracted $5m at the box office in two weeks. In the UK, distributor Entertainment cracked the congested release market with a one-screen platform opening at the UCI Empire in Leicester Square, London. In its first three days, Paul Thomas Anderson's follow-up to Boogie Nights grossed $58,000.

Also opening over the weekend in Italy, Magnolia pulled in $521,612 from 167 screens for distributor Medusa. After three weeks in France, the Metropolitan Film release has attracted more than 200,000 cinema-goers for a box office total of $1.3m. To date, the film's international tally is $8m.

Magnolia, which is based around dysfunctional parent-child relationships in the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, has grossed $22m in North America. Boogie Nights grossed $26.3m domestically and $14.4m in foreign markets.