A Man Called Otto quietly passes $100m in takings

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It’s taken a little while to get there, but the Tom Hanks-headlined A Man Called Otto has become a tidy little hit movie for grown-ups.

Now sure, it has Tom Hanks in the lead role, and granted, it has the heft of a major studio behind it. But still, few would confuse Marc Forster’s drama A Man Called Otto with a film playing to a wide field. Instead, it’s a slow, witty, but sombre piece of piece of work, just the kind of movie that’s not supposed to currently play well in cinemas.

And yet, it has.

News arrives that A Man Called Otto – which started life as an independent movie, before Sony bought in – has crossed $100m at the global box office. In cinemas. Sure, that’s not Marvel numbers, but it’s a quiet piece of encouragement for those still wondering if older audience members will head off to their local picturehouse.

The US leads the bulk of the takings, with $61.2m to the film’s name there. But the UK is the second most lucrative place in the world for the film, and the film has done impressive business.

Reviews for A Man Called Otto weren’t stellar, although positive on the whole. And the film looks set to earn a few more quid when it makes its home formats debut in the month or two ahead.


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