Do you know what Germany loves, almost as much as Horton Hears a Who? Dennis Gansel's The Wave (Die Welle). The film opened this past weekend and earned a "stellar" amount of money at the box office, according to Variety. They put the figure at $3.8 million from 280 screens, second only to the animated tale of a Dr. Seuss character.

Variety says that The Wave received "a tidal wave of media coverage and buzz from Sundance," which surprised me because I didn't realize Sundance buzz could have that kind of effect as far away as Europe. I guess it proves that Sundance is truly an international film festival. During Sundance, I wrote about the film because distribution deals had been signed for three key territories: Canada, UK, and Spain. We're still waiting to hear about a US deal, so perhaps its domestic success will prompt an adventurous distributor to give it a theatrical run.

As I previously wrote, The Wave is based on a novel telling the story of a high school teacher who comes up with an experiment in order to explain to his students how totalitarian governments work. The novel was based on a real-life 1967 experiment conducted by a California teacher, which also inspired an "After School Special" for US television in 1981. Reviews out of Sundance ranged from extremely positive (The Hollywood Reporter) to positive (Daily Herald) to guardedly positive (Variety). The German-language official site has the teaser trailer to whet your appetite further.