One of the major American publications focused on the Hollywood motion picture industry with a readership in the millions, The Hollywood Reporter, has featured record-breaking Croatian film “Sonja and the Bull” in its recent issue.
The Vlatka Vorkapic directed film, about an animal rights activist who opposes bullfighting, broke opening box-office records for a Croatian film in the last 10 years when it recently opened in Croatia, generating EUR 40,000 in its first weekend, and having 38,979 admissions in its first three weeks. Now the success has caught the eye of the famous American magazine.
“In a rare success story for Central European cinema, the Croatian romantic comedy Sonja and the Bull has topped the local box office, coming in ahead of big-budget competitors Rise of the Guardians and Cloud Atlas in its second week of release,” wrote The Hollywood Reporter in an article titled Croatian Rom-Com Tops ‘Rise of the Guardians’ in Local Box Office.
“The tiny nation of 4.2 million inhabitants is hoping to continue its local-language winning streak with the release of two more Croatian titles early next year. The comedy Priest’s Children from director Vinko Bresan (Marshal Tito’s Spirit) bows January 3 and children’s film Mysterious Boy, the sequel to this year’s hit Koko and the Ghosts, which earned nearly $300,000 locally, goes out in early March,” concluded the Hollywood journalist.