- Published on Tuesday, May 29 2012
- Written by Sarah Osman
This Memorial Day Weekend, superheroes not only sweeped the box office -- an indie film made history by raking in the most money per-limited location during a single weekend. Wes Anderson’s quirky comedy, Moonrise Kingdom, grossed $523,006 from four theaters during the three-day weekend for a rounded total of $130,752 per theater, the best ever for a limited live-action release. The film, which opened the Cannes Film Festival earlier this month and was released by Focus Features, is currently being shown at AMC Lincoln Square and Regal Cinema Union Square in NYC, and at the Arclight Hollywood and Landmark Theater in Los Angeles. Moonrise Kingdom’s success was attributed to its sweet love story and ability to appeal to movie-goers of all ages, and not just to those who are fans of Anderson’s films.
In addition, buddy French comedy, The Intouchables, which was released by The Weinstein Co., did extremely well over the holiday weekend. The film grossed $103,507 across all four theaters where it was being shown, and has grossed $343 million internationally. Like Moonrise Kingdom, The Intouchables has appealed to filmgoers of all ages and of different nationalities.
Finally, Fox Searchlight’s romantic comedy, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, came in #8 and grossed $8.2 million as it expanded to 1,233 theaters. Overall, the holiday weekend was a great triumph for indie films everywhere!
- Sarah Osman, YH Staff