Fresnadillo's Intruders Has Strong Debut atop Spanish Box Office

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Fresnadillo's Intruders Has Strong Debut atop Spanish Box Office


Juan Carlos Fresnadillo's thriller Intruders has had a strong debut in Spain. Madrid-based

Juan Carlos Fresnadillo's thriller Intruders has had a strong debut in Spain. Madrid-based Apaches Entertainment (which also produced), in partnership with Universal Pictures International and Antena 3, took in $1.47m ([euro]1.1m) in the opening weekend, topping the Spanish box-office chart and making it the fourth-biggest opening for a Spanish film so far in 2011. The film opened at 377 locations, for an impressive site average of $4178 UD ([euro]3070).

Intruders had a good start in Toronto and mixed reactions when it recently opened the San Sebastian Film Festival. Clive Owen stars in the psychological drama about British and Spanish families who are being harassed by the same mysterious boogeyman.

Daniel Brühl, Carice Von Houten and Pilar López de Ayala complete the cast.

"Intruders has a lot of genres on it, thriller, melodrama or terror, and we wondered how the public might react. Now we can affirm that the audience is connecting with its particular universe," Apaches producer Enrique López Lavigne told Screen.

Intruders is the third movie by Madrid-based Fresnadillo, after 2001's Intacto and 2007's international hit 28 Weeks Later. The latter, a sequel to Danny Boyle's 28 Days Later, had a budget of $20m, and it grossed more than $60m worldwide.

Intruders, with a budget of $13.5m ([euro]10m), fits Lavigne's intention "to make films with a great appeal and appearance with a tight budget". …

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