Moonrise Kingdom Debut
Published: May 30, 2012
Moonrise Kingdom Debut, Wes Anderson’s “Moonrise Kingdom,” the opening film at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, made a splash in its limited U.S. opening.Focus Features debuted the movie in four New York and L.A. theaters where it took in $669,486 for an eye-popping $167,371 per-screen average. Anderson directs the film he wrote with Roman Coppola and produced with Scott Rudin.
Set in the 1960s, the film chronicles two tween lovers who flee their New England island town and the search that ensues. The ensemble cast features Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Ed Norton, Frances McDormand and Jason Schwartzman.
The studio cited the per-screen number as the best ever for a live-action feature in a regular theatrical run, topping the $126,317 opening weekend average rung up at three theaters by “Dreamgirls” in 2006.
“‘Moonrise’ is a story of love’s improbable triumph, and for Wes Anderson and his team a labor of love from start to finish,” said Focus CEO James Schamus in a statement. “How wonderful it is to congratulate him, on behalf of everyone at Focus, for this remarkable, record-breaking opening.”
Focus, which holds worldwide rights to the movie, plans to add theaters nationwide through June.
The Weinstein Co. is off to a solid start with “The Intouchables,” a foreign market blockbuster that has already rung up $343 million globally. It brought in $28,704 from four theaters in its U.S. debut, a $7,176 per-screen average. (TheWrap.com)
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