Printer Friendly

Sony's Teuton arm strikes up rich 'Friendship'.

BERLIN Sony's first production from its new Deutsche Columbia Pictures Filmproduktion division, "Friendship!" grossed a whopping $3.6 million in its Jan. 14 opening weekend, second only to "Avatar."

The Markus Goller-helmed film, which stars Matthias Schweighoefer ("Rabbit Without Ears") and Friedrich Muecke, follows the misadventures of two empty-pocketed East Get,hans who travel to the U.S. after the fall of the Wall, financing their road trip by selling fake pieces of the Berlin Wall and stripping in gay bars.


"Considering the fact that it's not a franchise and it doesn't have a big star, it's really a massive box office," says Sony Pictures Releasing managing director Martin Bachmann, who added that the distrib was expanding its rollout by 55 prints as a result the pic's success.

"It's a breakout film for Matthias Schweighoefer." Largely based on the real-life experiences of producer Tom Zickler ("Rabbit Without Ears"), "Friendship!" was mostly shot in New Mexico to take advantage of the incentives there. The state stood in for much of the U.S.

COPYRIGHT 2010 Penske Business Media, LLC
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2010 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Title Annotation:FIRST LOOK
Author:Meza, Ed
Article Type:Brief article
Date:Jan 25, 2010
Previous Article:Ayem wake-up call: Sunday news shows see shakeup.
Next Article:Italo crix nix 'Nine'.

Terms of use | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2021 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters |