After taking best movie cast and best actor awards at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards last weekend, multi-Oscar nominee Traffic is proving that it has box office clout as well. The film, which has taken more than $115m worldwide so far, added several strong openings over the weekend.
Topping the charts in Italy and Australia the Steven Soderbergh directed film is reaping the benefits of the awards season. Already the recipient of numerous awards, including the New York Film Critics Circle best picture and Golden Globe, BAFTA and SAG awards for Benicio Del Toro, the film is nominated for five Academy Awards, including best picture, on March 25.
Speeding to the top position in new territories the film pulled in $1,009,087 (L 2,096,883,000), for a screen average of $5,311 off 190 screens, on its opening weekend in Italy and a $1,335,169 (A$2,616,932) four-day opening in Australia, an average of $5,019 from 266 screens. It also saw an impressive 56,810 admissions (approx. $340,860) just on its opening day in France. Opening weekends in Sweden and Finland scored $236,441 and $107,603 respectively.
The gritty drug-themed thriller, which features an international cast including Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Dennis Quaid, is also still performing well in other territories. In the UK the film has taken over $9.4m (£6.4m) since opening on January 26 and continues to attract crowds. It is also holding strong in Spain where it has taken $3.1m in five weeks on release.
With several major territories still to come, including Germany on April 5, and more trophies expected on Oscar night the film should motor on for the near future.