Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano’s film has grossed $7.11 million (£4.4 million) since its release in just four theatres in May (12), and, as the movie expands nationwide, it has already sailed past the $7.09 million (£4.9 million) earned by acclaimed Iranian film A Separation, which won almost every Best Foreign Film prize during the most recent awards season, which culminated with the Academy Awards.
The Intouchables has already shattered box office records around the world, grossing a total of $365.1 million (£228.1 million).
Producer Harvey Weinstein, whose The Weinstein Co. is distributing the film in the U.S. and Canada, isn’t surprised the film is a big hit: “The best part about the film’s success is the fact that a foreign language film is getting its fair turn in the spotlight in this industry. It is movies like this that help us continue to bring smart, entertaining and well-written films that break the mold to theatres everywhere.”
The film is the highest grossing French film ever released in Germany and the third most successful French film in France, according to The Hollywood Reporter.