Italians welcome ‘Sticks’ remake

'Benvenuti al Sud' to get French release

Gallic hit “Welcome to the Sticks” has gone south, with an Italian remake quickly becoming a local hit.

Two years after the French original became a European B.O. phenom, “Benvenuti al sud” has bowed at No. 1 in Italy prompting Pathe to slot it for a Nov. 24 release in France.

Produced by Medusa in collaboration with Cattleya, “Benvenuti,” which features a cameo by “Sticks” helmer-star Dany Boon, pulled in $5.2 million from 532 screens, for a boffo $9,766 per-screen average. It ousted “Inception,” in its sophomore frame in Italy, from the top slot.

Italo helmer Luca Miniero and scribe Massimo Gaudioso (“Gomorrah”) have reversed the geographic connotations of the original, about a post office manager in the sophisticated south of France banished to a rainy town in the north. In the Italian redo, the character from northern Italy gets sent south.

Warner Bros. and Overbrook Entertainment acquired English-language remake rights to “Sticks” in 2008.

Pathe has sold “Benvenuti” to a slew of territories, including Germany (Constantin), Spain (Acontracorriente) and Russia (Novydisc).

“Sticks” scored more than $190 million in France, $9.1 million in Belgium, $4.7 million in Spain and $4 million in Italy.

More News

  • Dirk Gently renewed season 2

    'Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency' Canceled by BBC America

    Gallic hit “Welcome to the Sticks” has gone south, with an Italian remake quickly becoming a local hit. Two years after the French original became a European B.O. phenom, “Benvenuti al sud” has bowed at No. 1 in Italy prompting Pathe to slot it for a Nov. 24 release in France. Produced by Medusa in […]

  • Blade Runner 2049

    Oscars: 'The Last Jedi,' 'Blade Runner 2049' and More Advance in VFX Race

    Gallic hit “Welcome to the Sticks” has gone south, with an Italian remake quickly becoming a local hit. Two years after the French original became a European B.O. phenom, “Benvenuti al sud” has bowed at No. 1 in Italy prompting Pathe to slot it for a Nov. 24 release in France. Produced by Medusa in […]

  • Delayed Viewing Ratings: 'Designated Survivor' Rises

    Delayed Viewing Ratings: 'Designated Survivor' Rises 120 Percent in Week 10

    Gallic hit “Welcome to the Sticks” has gone south, with an Italian remake quickly becoming a local hit. Two years after the French original became a European B.O. phenom, “Benvenuti al sud” has bowed at No. 1 in Italy prompting Pathe to slot it for a Nov. 24 release in France. Produced by Medusa in […]

  • Eliza Hittman Penny Lane

    Eliza Hittman, Penny Lane Snag Rooftop Films Grants (EXCLUSIVE)

    Gallic hit “Welcome to the Sticks” has gone south, with an Italian remake quickly becoming a local hit. Two years after the French original became a European B.O. phenom, “Benvenuti al sud” has bowed at No. 1 in Italy prompting Pathe to slot it for a Nov. 24 release in France. Produced by Medusa in […]

  • Ashleigh Cummings6th Annual Australians in Film

    Ashleigh Cummings Joins Warner Bros.' 'The Goldfinch' Adaptation (EXCLUSIVE)

    Gallic hit “Welcome to the Sticks” has gone south, with an Italian remake quickly becoming a local hit. Two years after the French original became a European B.O. phenom, “Benvenuti al sud” has bowed at No. 1 in Italy prompting Pathe to slot it for a Nov. 24 release in France. Produced by Medusa in […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content