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(From Guardian Unlimited)
Even with the presence of the late Heath Ledger in his final performance, Terry Gilliam's The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus always looked like it might struggle to recoup its $45m budget. Gilliam's films, after all, have something of a habit of haemorrhaging cash, and the movie struggled to find a distribution deal in the US. But the former Python can rest assured that his film is, at the very least, wildly popular in Italy .
Variety reports that Parnassus took a whopping $2.7m in its first weekend there, enough to put it at No 2 on the box-office chart. Distributors had clearly underestimated the appeal of a bit of fantastical Gilliam …