Spanish swashbuckler has netted $18.1 mil on home turf

Augustin Diaz Yanes’ 17th-century Spanish swashbuckler “Alatriste” still rules the roost at the Spanish box office four weeks after its release.

The Viggo Mortensen starrer has grossed $18.1 million, eclipsing the perf of Pedro Almodovar’s “Volver,” which grossed $12.6 million in Spain.

Thriller, made for $28 million, is on the shortlist of three films, alongside “Volver” and “Salvador,” in the running to be Spain’s foreign-language Oscar contender.

” ‘Alatriste’ has become that uncommon phenomenon of a film loved as much by the critics as the moviegoers,” said one booker. “The film can easily reach $20 million.”

Pic picked up $1.6 million over the weekend, a 36% drop from the previous frame.

Despite “Alatriste’s” robust showing, overall B.O. in Spain remains flat. For the Sept. 22-24 weekend, biz fell 7% from the previous sesh, with bookers lamenting the lack of fresh product. “People are in the mood for moviegoing. If there was better product, people would pack theaters,” said one exhib.

Dropping a respectable 31% in its soph frame, “Little Man” took $1.4 million for second spot in the charts. Spanish bookers are surprised at how well the gross-out comedy is performing: “I thought the film had overperformed on its bow. It’s even more unbelievable that it is holding well,” said one exhib.

“Hoodwinked!,” the cheeky CGI makeover of Little Red Riding Hood, took $1.1 million in its opening fame. Exhibs were satisfied with the bow, although, one suggested, “It could have done even better with a stronger marketing push.”

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