Among the slew of Spanish films set for release this month, Vicente Aranda's Carmen was one of the most anticipated and, accordingly, one of the most promoted.
The sexy, $11.5m drama starring Paz Vega and Leonardo Sbaraglia opened strong in second position with Euros 1.14m off 180 copies, replacing Football Days (Dias De Futbol) as the third biggest local opener this year.
Yet Football Days, released like Carmen through Buena Vista, held onto the number three spot with third weekend earnings of Euros 1.1m off 211 copies, for a cumulative Euros 3.85m.
The top ranking film of the weekend was Columbia new release Bad Boys II, which raked in Euros 2.54m on 407 screens. Local actor Jordi Molla (Blow) co-stars in the film.
Julio Medem's documentary La Pelota Vasca, La Piel Contra La Piedra rode the wave of polemical press coverage following its San Sebastian screening to a strong opening weekend. The film, released through Golem Distribucion, boasted the highest screen average of any film on the chart (Euros 6,375) and landed in the number 10 spot with Euros 191,271 off just 30 prints.