Almodóvar comedy boasts the director’s best opening ever in his native country (in euros) I’m So Excited / Los amantes pasajeros , the Pedro Almodóvar airplane-set comedy, had the biggest Spanish debut weekend ever for an Almodóvar film — in terms of box-office receipts (in euros), though apparently not in actual number of movie tickets sold. Distributed by Spanish branch of Warner Bros., the comedy raked in $2.5 million at 298 venues this past weekend (March 8 – 10), thus trailing only — and by a very small margin — the Disney-distributed, Sam Raimi-directed Oz the Great and Powerful, which earned $2.61 million at 649 sites, as per box-office numbers found on the web site Box Office Mojo. (Pictured above: I’m So Excited cast members.) Needless to say, the per-theater average for Almodovar’s latest — despite a number of negative reviews in the Spanish media — was much higher than the one for the $200 million-budgeted Hollywood flick starring James Franco: $8,415 vs. $4,030. Pedro Almodóvar’s first out-and-out comedy in two decades, I’m So Excited stars Javier Cámara, Lola Dueñas, Cecilia Roth, and others as the passengers and crew aboard a troubled Mexico City-bound flight. Box Office: I’m So Excited vs. Volver In terms of unadjusted box-office earnings (both in euros and US dollars), I’m So Excited beat the domestic opening weekend figures of Almodóvar’s 2006 international blockbuster Volver. Starring eventual Best Actress Academy Award nominee Penélope Cruz, Almodóvar’s former muse Carmen Maura, and I’m So Excited’s Lola Dueñas, Volver opened with $2.17m at 228 venues in September ’06 . Yet, according to Rentrak Spain, Volver sold 335,000 tickets vs. I’m So Excited’s 247,000. Now, those are curious ticket-sale figures, as — if accurate — they indicate an inflation rate of 47% (in euros) in the last six and half years. For comparison’s sake, the average price of a movie ticket in the United States has gone up 23% during that same period — and the US figure includes current 3D surcharges which were all but nonexistent back in 2006. So far this year, the only other movies to have outgrossed Oz the Great and Powerful and I’m So Excited at the Spanish box office are Andres Muschietti’s partly Spanish-financed Mama and Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained. The Jessica Chastain horror thriller Mama collected $3.58m at 345 sites on its first weekend out, while Django Unchained, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz and Jamie Foxx, took in $3.37m at 541 locations. I’m So Excited cast Besides Javier Cámara, Lola Dueñas, and Cecilia Roth, I’m So Exited features the following: Raúl Arévalo, Carlos Areces, Blanca Suárez, Miguel Ángel Silvestre, Antonio de la Torre, Hugo Silva, Laya Martí, José M. Yazpik, Pepa Charro, and Guillermo Toledo. Additionally, I’m So Excited has cameos by Pedro Almodóvar stars Antonio Banderas (Law of Desire, Matador, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!, The Skin I Live In) and Penélope Cruz (All About My Mother, Broken Embraces, Volver), plus Paz Vega, Carmen Machi and Susi Sánchez. (Check out Pedro Almodóvar’s I’m So Excited Spanish trailer.) Frequent Pedro Almodóvar collaborators Alberto Iglesias (music) and José Luis Alcaine (cinematography) once again joined forces with the director for I’m So Excited. The film opens in the US on June 28. I’m So Excited vs. Volver ticket sales source: El Mundo. I’m So Excited cast photo: Sony Pictures Classics.