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The Hobbit tops the Romanian box office

“The Hobbit: The Unexpected Journey”, the first opus from the new film trilogy directed by Peter Jackson, topped the Romanian box office over the weekend, right from its premiere, with ticket sales matching RON 1,876,803 and 88,636viewers,  Mediafax reported, quoting a Romania Film Association press release.Gnomes, wizards, elves, orcas, dragons and other fantastic creatures from  J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel brought to the big screen by Peter Jackson, the director of the hugely successful “Master of the Rings” film trilogy, helped the film top the weekend box office with this month’s record high  USD 84.8 M, and one of the highest earners on record.   Next in the Romanian box office comes Anna Karenina”, RON 248,577 and 13,515 viewers, a film adaptation of Lev Tolstoy’s novel. Tom Stoppard, winner of an Oscar for Best Writing for “Shakespeare in Love”, wrote the script adaptation. The film marks director Joe Wright’s third collaboration with Oscar best actress nominee Keira Knightley, and producers Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Paul Webster. The crew also includes camera director  Seamus McGarvey (“The Avengers”), Sarah Greenwood, a three time Academy Award nominee for the best scenography  (“Sherlock Holmes”), editor Melanie Ann Oliver (“Jane Eyre”), Ivana Primorac (“Hanna)” -, makeup and hairstyle,  Oscar winning composer  Dario Marianelli (“Atonement”), as well as costume designer Jacqueline Durran (“Pride & Prejudice”), a two-time Oscar nominee.Third comes “Rise of the Guardians”, RON 145,715 lei and 8,066 viewers The film is based on a children’s book – “The Guardians of Childhood” yet unpublished , written by  William Joyce. The main characters in the book consist of such famous childhood characters as North (Santa Clause), Bunnymund (Easter Bunny), Sandy (Sandman), Pitch, the Boogieman (The Blackman) and Tooth (Tooth Fairy). “Playing for Keeps” ranks forth, with RON 141,848 and 7,579 viewers. George Dryer (Gerard Butler), a former football star now broke, returns to McLean, a small town Virginia, to improve his relationship with his 9-year-old son Lewis (Noah Lomax),whom he had seen quite seldom since he and the boy’s mother, Stacie (Jessica Biel) got divorced. Despite his many past mistakes, George is willing to make compromises for the child’s sake. Cloud Atlas”, a film directed by the Wachowski Brothers, staring Halle Berry and Tom Hanks is the fifth ranker, with cash-ins worth RON 99,992 and 5,094viewers.Weekend total box office earnings and audience equaled RON 2,872,576 and 143,680 viewers respectively.

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