German Oscar winner Nowhere In Africa (Nirgendwo In Afrika) has become the highest grossing subtitled film in North America this year, overtaking City Of God (Cidade De Deus).
Caroline Link's drama, which won the best foreign language picture award at this year's Oscars in March, took $219,608 last weekend from 75 sites to bring its total gross to $4.25m in its 13th week.
Distributed in North America by Zeitgeist Films, Nowhere In Africa was released on March 7. This weekend's gross saw it pass Miramax's acclaimed Brazilian title, City Of God, which has taken $4.24m in North America since January 17.
There is still a vast gap between these two titles and last year's top three highest grossing subtitled films: IFC Films' Y Tu Mama Tambien ($13.65m), Universal Focus' Brotherhood Of The Wolf (Le Pacte Des Loups) ($10.9m) and Sony Classics' Talk To Her (Hable Con Ella) ($9.3m).
Internationally, Nowhere In Africa has yet to catch City Of God with the films showing international cumulative totals of $11.9m and $12.8m respectively. Both continue to play in various territories.
Nowhere In Africa is currently playing well in Spain where it has earned $809,787 (Euros 688,319) after three weekends. It took eighth position from 83 screens last weekend (May 30-June 1) and dropped off just 16% from the previous weekend. The film has sold 139,254 tickets to date in the territory.
City Of God placed eighth in Germany over the weekend (its fourth on release) and has taken $1.8m (Euros 1.5m) to date from 248,305 admissions. It opens in Japan on June 28.
Another German title currently doing well is local hit Good Bye, Lenin! Wolfgang Becker's tragi-comic farce, which after 16 weeks continues to play in Germany's top 15 and has grossed $40.9m (Euros 34.8m) from 5.8m admissions at home for X-Verleih.
Good Bye, Lenin! launched in Italy four weeks ago for Lady Film and has clocked up $781,321 (Euros 664,123) so far. This week it retained seventh position while dropping off just 12% from the previous weekend.
Good Bye, Lenin! has also grossed $1.2m (SFR 1.6m) in the German-speaking region of Switzerland, since opening on March 13 for Filmcoop.
UGC Films will launch it in the UK on July 25.