BOX OFFICE: The most expensive film in Czech history gets the top spot in national cinemas


PRAGUE: The English historical drama Medieval by screenwriter, director and producer Petr Jákl is currently the most watched film in Czech cinemas. The film, which was released by Bioscop in 244 domestic theaters on September 8, 2022, became the 4th biggest premiere in the Czech Republic in 2022 with 104,916 admissions and 716,474 EUR / 17,589,442 CZK gross in the first weekend.

This makes it the 65th most followed premiere in its first weekend in the modern history of Czech cinema (as of 1990).

It took 11 years from the first script page to make the film produced by independent film producer Cassian Elwes with JBJ Film and Double Tree Entertainment, with an overall budget of around 20.366 million euros / 0.5 billion CZK. The project about the Bohemian military commander Jan Žižka was conceived as both a national and an international film, with such well-known foreign actors as Michael Caine, Ben Frost, Til Schweiger, Sophie Lowe, Matthew Goode and many others.

In comparison, another Czech film by Jákl, the action crime thriller Kajinek (2010), produced independently by Jákl and distributed by HCE, was in the top 20 for 14 weeks and ranks 42nd in the domestic admissions chart with 119,602 admissions, and 59th in the box office with EUR 632,938/ 15,538,624 CZK gross on opening weekend. The film’s budget was 2.240 million EUR / 55 million CZK.

The biographical sports drama Zatopek (2021) directed by David Ondříček, produced by Lucky Man Films sro and distributed by Falcon, is in 60th place in the admissions charts with 108,560 admissions, and in 46th place in the box office with 695,133 EUR / 17,065,515 CZK rough during the first weekend. The film was in the top 20 for 26 weeks. Its budget was EUR 3,747,454 / CZK 96 million.

The long-awaited theatrical release of Medieval in 1,311 US theaters did not go as planned, grossing only EUR 807,761. The film became one of the biggest box office flops in U.S. history, marking the 28th-lowest opening weekend ever.


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