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Water polo pic goes for glory

Pic scores biggest ever B.O. for a Hungarian pic at home

MUNICH — Hungarian sports drama “Children of Glory” has attracted more than 300,000 admissions in three weeks in its home territory, the best ever perf of a Hungarian pic on home turf.

Cume is $1,500,000, forcing “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” down into second place in the 2006 Hungarian box office ranking to date.

Helmed by Krisztina Goda (“Just Sex and Nothing Else”) and produced by Andy Vajna, “Children of Glory” tells the story of historic battle between the Hungarian and Soviet water polo team at the 1956 summer Olympics in Melbourne against the backdrop of the Hungarian revolution.

“Children of Glory” was released to tie in with the 50th anniversary of the revolution on Oct. 23, even though the date fell on a Monday and the pic had to compete with several official events commemorating the day.

“I’m happy with the results and hope that the film will continue to touch the hearts of the Hungarian youth,” said Vajna.

Pic’s international sales are handled by Fortissimo, which closed a number of territories during the AFM, including a deal with Cinequanon Films for Japan, Village Roadshow Films for Australia and Prooptiki for Greece.

Fortissimo topper Michael J. Werner added: “Negotiations continue with strong interest from the U.S., U.K., France, Germany and Italy.”

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