Despiteless than enthusiastic reviews from many German film critics, Tom Tykwer's $63.3m (Euros 50m) adaptation of Patrick Sueskind's bestselling novel Perfume - The Story Of A Murdererattracted more than 1m admissions on its opening weekend for distributor Constantin Filmverleih in Germancinemas.
The1.04m admissions from 700 cinemas - with a screen average of more than 1,480 -made it the strongest opener this year for a German film, ahead of two other Constantin releases: TheWild Soccer Bunch 3 on 639,368 tickets with $3.9m (Euros 3.1m) from 571screens and Hui Buh - Das Schlossgespenst from 243,909tickets with $1.6m (Euros 1.3m) from 701 screens.
Perfume was fourth biggestopener so far this year behind Ice Age 2:The Meltdown with $17.8m (Euros 14.1m) and 2.4m admissions, Pirates Of The Caribbean 2 with $17.1m (Euros 13.5m) and 1.9m admissionsand The DaVinci Code $13.3m (Euros 10.5m) and 1.5m admissions. Every second ticketsold this weekend in
The potentially strongopening of the Bernd Eichinger production was alreadyevident in its performance in the first 24 hours after its release lastThursday, when it had already clocked up 251,137 admissions, with the highestentrance figures being posted by Cinedom Cologne,followed by the Mathaeser in
Perfume's opening performance was a welcome change for the better from therecent sluggish trend at the German box office which had seen Cars open the previous weekend with only427,230 admissions/$3m (Euros 2.4m) from 814 screens.
Constantin reported that Perfume also topped the cinema charts in
In just one weekend, Tom Tykwer's latest film has already been seen by morecinema-goers by either of his last two features in their overall theatricalruns: The Princess AndThe Warrior with 567,614 admissions and $4.2m (Euros 3.3m) and Heaven with 418,911 admissions and $3.2m(Euros 2.5m). Perfume looks set toeasily eclipse the 2.2m tickets sold for Tykwer'sbreakout Run Lola Run in